Imagine someone finding a treasure map. The paper is cracked and aged. The writing is faded and worn. The map has been creased so many times that it is almost torn straight through. The person examines it closely, leans in to decipher the ancient lettering and then they straighten up, toss the map aside and say, “I don’t get it.” They walk away and leave the unknown treasures for someone else to find.
We would think that person to be foolish. I would have been better however, if they had spent time trying to understand. If they had applied themselves and wanted to understand. If you had found a real treasure map, I’m sure that you would take the time to understand. And so would I, because in the end there is reward.
How foolish is that person who would throw away treasure simply because they did not take the time to understand the map. How foolish are we, when we read a scripture that is not easily understood, and do not take the time to allow God to show us it’s meaning.
In John 3, Nicodemus came to Jesus. He didn’t get it. And he asked questions. He wanted to understand. He desired to know what Jesus meant. Jesus explained himself to Nicodemus. He made the truth very plain. In fact, John 3:16 is part of that explanation.
God wants you to understand His Word. If you don’t get it, ask Him to explain himself to you. Don’t harden your heart and live without the riches of the wisdom of God. Just like Nicodemus, God is willing to explain His Word to you. Won’t you take the time and ask Him to explain it? There is a reward for understanding God’s word.
“If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:4-6