Ever been on a treasure hunt?
My parents once took me and my siblings to dig for diamonds in a National Park that held the world’s eighth largest diamond-bearing volcanic crater. If you found a diamond, it was yours to keep! I was ten years old and absolutely thrilled. I just knew that I was going to find a huge diamond that day and become rich for life.
The “crater” looked more like an ugly field, but I was ready. They handed each of us a little personal shovel and sent us out to dig alongside other treasure hunters. I picked a place that felt lucky and started digging.
Well, I quickly learned that digging for treasure wasn’t for the faint of heart. The ground was dry and rocky, and I was going to have to work harder than expected to find my diamond. Thankfully, I had that little shovel — I can’t imagine trying to dig without it.
A good tool can make a huge difference.
In a similar way, the Bible holds treasure, but sometimes you have to dig to find it.
"…and if you look for [wisdom and understanding] as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God." Proverbs 2:4-5
Do you have a "shovel" for digging for treasure in God’s Word? If not, I’ll share mine with you. Here are my three favorite tools that have helped me dig for treasure in God’s word and—best of all—they are all free!
If you are new to the Bible, this app might be a great place to start. It will provide many Bible plans to get you going in your Bible treasure hunt. One handy feature of this app is that you can pick a Bible reading plan from the many options and topics, and there is a feature where your friends can do it with you where you can share what you are learning with one another. I’m reading through the Bible with some of my co-workers this year and I enjoy gleaning their insights they post about the day’s reading.
If you are starting to dig around to look for the meanings of the original language in the Bible, this app will be super helpful. No longer do you have to lug around huge reference books. In just a matter of minutes, you can quickly find a word in the Bible and find its meaning. There are also some commentaries available too. My favorite comments are from David Guzik and J. Vernon McGee.
If you have been studying the Bible for awhile, you might consider this tool. It has a wealth of resources available to help us get a better understanding of God’s word. It might be a little overwhelming if you are just getting started, so it’s good for those who have some prior experience in studying God’s Word. The writer of this website has done all the work to collect some great resources for you in one place—key word definitions, commentaries, charts, outlines, and more.
If you are curious about my diamond-digging adventure as a kid, I unfortunately never found one that day. My life wasn’t miraculously changed. I did, however, learn that digging for treasure was hard work and having the right tool made a big difference.
I have, thankfully, found amazing treasure in God’s word, and the wisdom I’ve gained in my life has made it much richer. I am grateful for the Bible study tools that have helped me.
I hope you’ll pick out one of them and try it out this week. Let’s dig together and see what treasures we can find!
Discuss these questions with a friend or spiritual leader to help apply today's reading:
What are the hardest things for you about learning to understand the Bible more?
What are you currently using to learn more about the Bible?
Which of these resources or learning more about the Bible do you want to try this week?
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