In the parable of the hidden treasure, Jesus helps us understand the incomparable value of His kingdom. He tells us “the Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all he has to buy the field” (Matthew 13:44). The psalmist understands this value scheme. In verse 72 he says that God’s law is more valuable than silver and gold. God’s Word is designed for our good. Through his Word, God reveals Himself to us as the wonderful Savior, mighty God, and hope of the world. There is no greater need in us than our need for reconciliation, forgiveness, and life that comes through Jesus.
The psalmist asks God to teach him knowledge and good judgement. And God answers his prayer through affliction. In the midst of affliction, we learn to lean into God, to seek Him with all our hearts, to obey His word, and to learn His decrees. While none of us long for affliction, when we value knowing God above all else, we can bear up under it knowing that God is good and He causes good to happen. God uses affliction to draw us deeper into His word and closer to His heart.
If your heart is tender today and you are struggling through affliction of some sort, rest in the tender grace of Jesus. Know that He is faithful and good and He will work all things together for your good. Allow affliction to drive you into the Word and trust that “through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
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