2 I want you to know how hard I am working for you. I’m concerned for those who are in Laodicea. I’m also concerned for everyone who has not met me in person. 2 My goal is that their hearts may be encouraged and strengthened. I want them to be joined together in love. Then their understanding will be rich and complete. They will know the mystery of God. That mystery is Christ. 3 All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him. 4 But I don’t want anyone to fool you with words that only sound good. 5 So even though I am away from you in body, I am with you in spirit. And I am glad to see that you are controlling yourselves. I am happy that your faith in Christ is so strong. 6 You received Christ Jesus as Lord. So keep on living your lives in him. 7 Have your roots in him. Build yourselves up in him. Grow strong in what you believe, just as you were taught. Be more thankful than ever before.
Treasure is not only valuable, it is exciting! It is usually hidden in some way and involves an adventure to uncover it. Verse 3 says that “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him,” that is, Jesus. I don’t think I have considered Jesus as ‘exciting’ or full of the riches of wisdom and knowledge. I know He is wise, but hidden treasure suggests that we not only find it in Him, but we get to take it home with us!
Am I expecting the treasure of wisdom and knowledge when I spend time with Jesus? Am I excited about what I may discover with Jesus? Am I truly believing that ‘ALL!’ the treasures of wisdom AND knowledge are hidden in Him?
God, I admit that I often expect disappointment and frustration when I pray. Where I have become stuck on past experiences or have come to believe lies, help me to walk in the truth. Help me to be expectant and to quickly come to you when I need the rich treasure of wisdom or knowledge. Thank you God that you’re patient with me. Amen.
Written by Bethany Waugh