Unwrap the Bible’s Treasures in 4 Steps

After I bought my 1897 edition of  The Historical Geography of the Holy Land, I opened its dingy, yellow pages and discovered I couldn’t turn some of them.

The London publisher London had made an error.

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The Bible has unwrapped treasures waiting for you.

The book was printed on large sheets which were then cut and bound into the book. But some of the edges never got trimmed. I had to cut each pair of pages myself. At first this was a real hassle.

But then it hit me . . . I am the first person ever to read these pages!

The book sat on the shelf of some library or study for over a century—untouched! All its benefits . . . hidden. Nobody read them. Each time I cut a page seemed like cutting the ribbon on an unwrapped present. The rich descriptions George Adam Smith has written are the next best thing to pictures.

I bought a used book no one had used.

An Awkward Question

Then a question popped in my head: How long would it take me to notice if pages of my Bible were stuck together? The Bible is a book of treasures, often unwrapped, because we simply don’t realize its tremendous value to our lives.

I want to share with you 4 steps that can help you unwrap the Bible’s treasures.

Buried Treasure in a Book

What if somebody told you a million dollars was buried in your backyard? You’d drop everything and start digging!

And yet, the Bible clearly tells us there is treasure worth more than gold in the Scriptures for those who will search:

If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. —Proverbs 2:4–6, 10

As you visit Christian bookstores, do you ever get the impression that if you just buy this study Bible, or go to this seminar, or discover this secret it will unlock the wisdom of God’s Word?

In truth, it all boils down to one thing: we have to spend time in the Bible personally in order to benefit personally from it.

4 Steps to Unwrap the Bible’s Treasures

Do you have a plan for Bible reading? Here are four steps you can begin today:

  1. Choose a simple Bible reading plan. There are many great ones. Check out my post of FREE Bible reading resources. The best plan is the one you’ll use. Just choose one.
  2. Choose a place and a time every day where you will read your Bible. For me, I listen to Scripture on the YouVersion App every morning on my commute. Keep this time a priority, just as you would any other important appointment.
  3. Determine to ponder what you’ve read throughout the day by setting up some memory triggers.
  4. Ask someone to keep you accountable to read. This also gives you someone with whom you can share what you’re reading.

Unwrapped treasures are found in the parts of the Bible you’ve never read—and in those you’ll read with fresh eyes.

Treasures await you there.

Question: What plan do you use for Bible Reading? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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