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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Treasure Find

Kids Bible Devotional for April 11, 2024

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Focus Verse

Proverbs 2:3-5 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding. If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. (NKJV)

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“Avast ye mateys. Hoist the sails! There be treasure to plunder.”

Captain Kidd. Blackbeard. Jose Gaspar. Jean Lafitte. What do these men have in common? They’re pirates believed to have buried a fortune in treasure yet to be discovered. Man has long been enamored with the prospect of finding long, lost treasure spun through legends and centuries’ old stories. Like cold case detectives, their searches take them to the depths of the ocean, into unforgiving jungles, and along endless shorelines in hopes of striking it rich.

I will admit, I enjoy documentaries that showcase these modern-day explorers who attempt to unravel long dormant clues lost to the annals of history. The Bible talks about treasure as well. In many cases, God’s word describes God’s people, righteousness, wisdom, and heavenly pursuits as treasure. Jesus said, “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”

Today's Devotion

Landon had just finished a book about a mysterious island in Nova Scotia believed to hold a bounty of pirate’s treasure. “Wouldn’t it be cool to find buried treasure?” he asked himself. This gave him an idea.

He raced to the garage and grabbed a shovel. Standing in the back yard, he wondered where a one-eyed pirate would hide his priceless loot. The spot under the big oak tree looked as good a place as any, he thought.

An hour later, covered in dirt and sweat, the tip of Landon’s shovel hit something metallic. He dropped to his knees and dug the rest of the way with his hands. Seconds later, he pulled a rusty box from the ground.

It took some effort to pry it open, but inside Landon found plastic toy soldiers, several Matchbox cars, and some old baseball cards. Not gold like he had hoped for, but pretty cool stuff anyway.

As he studied his find, a shadow passed over him. He looked up to find his dad standing over the hole.

“Um, what are you doing there, son?” his father asked suspiciously.

“Digging for buried treasure,” Landon replied, handing his father the box of toys. “Look what I found.”

Dad smiled. “Well, would you look at that. I forgot all about this. I buried these when I was around your age.” He gave the box back to Landon. “Come on. Let’s get you cleaned up. I want to look online to see if these old baseball cards are worth anything.”

Wrap Up

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Another way to read this verse is that whatever your heart goes after, your feet are sure to follow. This means that whatever you set your affections on becomes the treasure you seek after.

What prize might we unearth if we sought to know the heart of God with as much (or more) enthusiasm as an explorer searching for a hoard of buried gold?

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