(Proverbs 8:17-21 VOICE- I love those who love ME: those who search hard for ME will find ME. Riches and honor are the benefit of following ME; so are lasting wealth and justice. MY reward is better than gold, even the purest gold; and MY profit is greater than the highest quality silver. I follow the way of right living. Follow ME along the path to find justice; I’M ready to meet those who love ME, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.)
A few weeks ago, I was awakened from my sleep by the sound of THE LORD’S voice. HE audibly spoke to me and said, “8:17“. For some reason, in my mind it registered that HE was speaking in terms of the time, so I immediately grabbed my phone to check the time only to discover that it wasn’t 8:17. It was actually 4:00am. I didn’t say it out loud, but I thought to myself, “LORD, it’s not 8:17.”. And then HE audibly responded by saying, “No, not the time. Proverbs 8:17.“.
Proverbs 8:17 wasn’t a verse that I knew by heart, so I had to look it up. After I read verse 17, THE HOLY SPIRIT led me to continue reading the passage through verse 21. So, that’s where today’s focal passage comes from.
Before I go any further, let me just tell you that GOD amazes me.
As I have shared with you guys several times before, THE LORD often speaks to me through dreams/visions, but mostly dreams. Well, right before HE had awakened me with the passage of Scripture from Proverbs 8, that’s exactly what had taken place.
In this dream, I saw countless jewels and gemstones all around me. I mean everywhere I looked, I saw them radiantly glistening and sparkling in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. And one by one, THE LORD was bringing each jewel before me. I would see the gem in HIS hand and as HE brought each one before my eyes, I could hear HIS voice speaking to me about each one individually. It was almost as if HE was explaining to me the meaning and power behind each one as these precious, treasured gems that HE, HIMSELF had beautifully created by the power HIS very own hands.
Well, because the sound of HIS voice had awakened me so abruptly, when I woke up I knew what had taken place in the dream, but I couldn’t remember what HE had said to me about each gem. The only thing I remembered was right before I woke up, in the dream, I heard HIM say, “Now, remember these three: the emerald, the pearl, and the tourmaline.“.
The odd thing about that was when I heard THE LORD say to remember those three, I didn’t see the actual gems as I had been seeing throughout the entire dream, but instead the names of all three were written out in HIS hand for me to read.
I was familiar with both the emerald and the pearl and those are both referenced in the Bible, but the tourmaline isn’t. I had actually never seen or heard of the tourmaline in my life before I saw it written in HIS hand.
I believe that the emerald and the pearl represent or are symbolic of the known blessings that we treasure— such as the truth of GOD’S promises to us in HIS WORD or things that we’ve prayed and believed for and then in return THE LORD blessed us with. But, I believe that the tourmaline represents HIS gracelets or the grace gifts: meaning the great, unknown, undeserved blessings that HE treasures, yet desires to adorn us with simply because HE loves us and we belong to HIM.
I was truly amazed that GOD would speak to me in a dream about jewels and gems which most us consider to be of great value, but would then awake me and give me a passage of Scripture that lets me know that if I’ll just continue to diligently seek and wholeheartedly follow HIM, that what HE has for me surpasses anything that I could dream of, imagine, or even pray for. HIS blessings are better than pure gold and greater than top choice silver.
When I speak of GOD’S blessings, I don’t just mean financial wealth, but spiritual wealth as well. For example, priceless treasures such as being able to enter HIS PRESENCE, hear HIS voice, know HIS heart, access HIS wisdom, experience HIS grace, and see HIS glory. It is GOD, HIMSELF WHO is the greatest treasure and we have the precious privilege of experiencing the fullness of HIM through HIS HOLY SPIRIT living within us. (Ephesians 1:3 VOICE- Blessed be GOD, THE FATHER of our LORD THE ANOINTED ONE, WHO grants us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms where we live in THE ANOINTED—not because of anything we have done, but because of what HE has done for us.)
Some may read today’s focal passage and think that THE LORD is saying that if we’ll just seek and follow HIM now (meaning while we’re here on earth), the reward of that is receiving the incomparable blessing that when this life is over, we’ll get to meet HIM in heaven where it is there that HE will bestow upon us the true treasure that HE’S prepared for our lives.
Well, that’s true. However, I also believe that if we’ll make the choice to earnestly seek THE LORD and genuinely follow HIM, the benefit of that is HIM allowing us the privilege of being able experience heaven on even here on earth. And what I mean by that is, HE wants us to experience the joy of knowing that HE is a good FATHER. HIS heart’s desire for us as HIS children is to bless us far above and beyond all that we could ever imagine. GOD said, “I’M ready to meet those who love ME, bestow true riches upon them, and fill up their lives until their treasuries overflow.”.
That is certainly true for our eternity with HIM in heaven, but I also know it to be true for our lives right now; here on earth. (Luke 17:20-21 GNT- Some Pharisees asked JESUS when the Kingdom of GOD would come. HIS answer was, “The Kingdom of GOD does not come in such a way as to be seen. No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of GOD is within you.“)
Meeting with GOD simply means seeking HIM in the secret place and intimately reveling in HIS PRESENCE as we converse with HIM in prayer and through worship. (Matthew 6:6 NKJV- But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your FATHER WHO is in the secret place; and your FATHER WHO sees in secret will reward you openly.)
So, Dear Hearts, be encouraged today knowing that THE LORD is inviting and summoning you into HIS HOLY PRESENCE so that HE can graciously bless you both spiritually and naturally, bestow upon you true riches, fill your life until your treasuries overflow, adorn you with heavenly keepsakes, and gift to you great and incomparable trinkets and tokens of grace that display HIS endlessly love for you. (1 Corinthians 2:9 CEV- But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What GOD has planned for people who love HIM is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”)
ABBA, today, I come to YOU on behalf of every heart reading this and I ask and pray that YOU would draw them into the secret place of YOUR PRESENCE that YOU may lavishly bless them with the heavenly treasures of YOUR grace just as YOUR heart desires. FATHER, I ask that YOU would open their hearts, minds, and spiritual eyes to not only see YOU as GOD and CREATOR, but to also deeply know YOU as the loving, gracious, and perfect FATHER that YOU are. LORD, YOU are better to us than we are to yourselves and we love YOU, we bless YOU, and we give YOU all of the glory. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“We are ever surrounded by undeserved blessings. Even in HIS silence, HE blesses us.” ~ Dr. David Jeremiah
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