I’m back! I spent a lot of time reading, praying, and reflecting when I was away. I was finally able to (somewhat) understand what God has been speaking to my heart recently, or really, throughout this year. I wrote down a bunch of my random thoughts on the trip and finally was able to sit down tonight and make them a little more cohesive. Let’s dive in!
“Where a man’s treasure is, there his heart will also be.”
Researching for this post, I rediscovered that this popular saying actually comes from a scripture in Matthew.
“For where you treasure is, there your heart will also be.” -Matthew 6:21.
In a world full of things, we lose sight of our true treasure. We let dreams, talents, and people take our hearts. A. W. Tozer talks about how this has been a problem since the beginning of time. In his book, The Pursuit of God., he shows us Abraham’s struggle with this. Abraham loved his son Isaac dearly, to the point that he became an idol in Abraham’s heart. God knew this, and he knew the only way to rid Abraham of this idolatry was to test Abraham. If you don’t know the story, God asked Abraham to offer his son Isaac to Him as a sacrifice. Abraham wrestled with the idea for a while, but eventually decided that he would trust God. After all, God had given Isaac to him in the first place. If God wished it, he would give Isaac back to Him. Here’s a quote from Tozer to finish the story.
“God let the suffering old man go through with it up to the point where He knew there would be no retreat, and then forbade him to lay a hand on the boy. To the wondering patriarch, He now says in effect, ‘It’s all right, Abraham. I never intended that you should actually slay the lad. I only wanted to remove him from the temple of your heart that I might reign unchallenged there. I wanted to correct the perversion that existed in your love. Now you may have the boy, sound and well. Take him and go back to your tent. Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me.'”
Abraham realized that the only truly fulfilling and lasting treasure was God. God should not be just first on the list of treasures in our hearts; He should be the only treasure in our heart. His unchanging Character is something to be carefully treasured in a constantly changing world. The very thought of having Him as our treasure should make our hearts soar. The Psalmist often captures the simplicity of this joy, such as in Psalm 107.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out!” Psalm 107:1-2
Think about it. Your best friend, your Savior, and King is the Creator of the Universe. He made everything, yet He gave it all up so you could have a relationship with Him. Is it too much to ask for you to set aside your earthly treasures for Him? It’s not that we can’t love other things if we love God. But those things no longer own our hearts. They are merely blessings given to us by God. They are not a part of our hearts. Our talents, our blessings, and our gifts are outer pleasures, not inner treasures.
Once you set aside your heart’s desires for the One who desires your heart, you find Him to be an anchor. You can cling to Him through trials. He does not waver. Blessings don’t change His place. Curses don’t chase Him away. Our God is our treasure, and He’s not going anywhere.
Having God as that treasure is priceless. You no longer need to count on the world for satisfaction. You can rest in Him. When the world fails you, you can look to Him. You can have nothing, yet, through Him have everything.
Oh, God. My Treasure, Thou art.
Seriously, Tozer says much more than I possibly can in his book, The Pursuit of God. I had trouble shortening that quote to a readable size:) Here’s an amazon link if you want to buy it. I highly recommend it.