He will be . . . a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. (Isa. 33:6)

THE HINT OF HIDDEN TREASURE sends excitement straight to your toenails. Most of us are thrilled to find five dollars in our pockets, let alone unearth a vast wealth. As a child, I imagined myself a treasure hunter. I thoroughly searched our home’s attic and other unseen crannies, certain that my hunt would reveal forgotten fortunes.

The funny thing about treasure hunts is that they usually come up short—a map that leads to nowhere, an attic filled only with insulation. The few who discover gold do so only after harrowing escapes and near-death experiences. Books and movies teach us early on that treasure is elusive and available only to the few, to the fearless.

But God’s Word tells another story: “Seek and you will find” (Matt. 7:7).

His “rich store” of eternal salvation, heavenly wisdom, and humble knowledge is available to all—both now and forever. Through Jesus, this abundance is ours. It’s not reserved for the few or the fearless, but rather for those who fear God.

Our fear—not our fearlessness—holds the key. In fear of God, we run to him, throwing ourselves at his mercy, and he does not disappoint. As we hide in the shadow of his power, beneath “the thunder of [his] voice” (Ps. 29:3), we discover that his reserves are overflowing. He is our fortune.

Fear God. Run into his powerful arms, and unlock his abundance.

Sarah E. Westfall resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with husband Ben and their four boys. Her elusive free time is spent reading, home remodeling, and writing.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.