“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”
Isaiah 33:6, NIV
The UK is currently in the middle of an election campaign. The Government has been dissolved and in a few weeks time the will of the people will determine which party will form the next Government and who will be Prime Minister. Right now everyone is being besieged with claims from all the parties as to why people will be much better off if they vote for them. The primary issue all the parties are focussing on is how they can give you the keys to a better, more successful and richer way of life.
Unfortunately, I haven’t yet heard any of the parties telling the electorate what the real key is to being in possession of the richest of treasure stores. And, to be honest, in these days, I don’t expect any of them to be telling people that the fear of the Lord is the key that will open the treasure houses of Heaven!
Our nation, and the whole world, has fallen a very long way from his ideal for the United Nations, publicly expressed by President Truman in 1945, when he said, “I humbly pray, Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon, ‘Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart.’” When he addressed the very first meeting of delegates to the embryonic United Nations, he prayed, “We beseech our Almighty God to guide us.” In 1950 President Hoover proposed that the United Nations should be “a moral and spiritual cooperation of God-fearing free nations, rejecting an atheistic other world.”
Today we are living in a broken world that is suffering the increasing consequences of our leaders having dismissed the fear of the Lord as having any relevance to their political campaigns or to real God-inspired prosperity. In turning their backs on God’s Word, they are denying the people access to the “rich store of salvation, wisdom and knowledge” that is available at the turn of a key – the key of the fear of the Lord.
But that does not prevent God’s people from individually turning that very special key in their own lives, and living a life which is inspired by Holy fear of a Holy God. There is a wealth of hidden treasure waiting to be discovered – and we don’t need a metal detector, just a humble and submissive heart. When real treasure seekers turn that very special key they will discover immeasurable, eternal riches!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the amazing treasure You have provided for all those who choose to love and serve You with a humble heart. Help me, Lord, to deal with my self-seeking pride, enthrone You as King of my life and value the real treasures that you offer Your people more highly than anything else this world as to offer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.