"The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold." – Genesis 2:11 NASB
Gold. A matchless symbol of value and wealth. Throughout the centuries, countless men and women have spent much of their lives in a quest for gold.
Abram was rich in gold (Genesis 13:2). The temple was filled with objects made with pure gold (1 Kings 6). Solomon accumulated an abundance of gold.
The Bible’s first reference to gold takes place in just the second chapter of Genesis. This reminds us that God always has known the location of the world’s gold and could reveal its location at any time.
But God knows that some things are more valuable than gold. He desires us to have the right priorities. We see these priorities in comments Peter made to a lame man who was begging (Acts 3:6). The man was hoping to receive “something,” probably money. But Peter wanted to give him things of greater value than gold or silver – health, freedom, and spiritual riches.
The same principles are true for us. Yes, God at any time can reveal how we can find the gold and silver we need. But the Bible reminds us that some things are more important.
As Jesus said, we should place a priority on seeking God’s Kingdom. We need to make sure that our lives are right with Him, we are saved, and our sins are forgiven. We need to be good stewards, faithfully sowing the seeds we have been given.
Father, help me focus my life on things of real value. I seek first Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.