I have always loved shelling and treasure hunting since I was a kid. I think that is what also inspires me to view my Bible studying and reading in the same way. I always anticipate finding a Gem amidst the pages. That life changing verse that just jumps off the page for me. I get so much pleasure as I search and scan various translations looking and admiring the different facets in the various wordings. Some translations just make the words sparkle and come to life for me. I recently found this Gem in the Message translation. I have decided to make it my prayer.
God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways! ~Psalm 119:33-40 MSG
Let God’s Word and Spirit transform your life. Take some time and go on your own Bible treasure hunt and share the Gems you discover and love with us below in the comments.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom