The Unsearchable Riches of Christ
by Peter Blount 20 January 2021
Paul uses this descriptive expression in his letter to the Ephesians Ch3 v 8. We will come back to it in a minute or two.
I sit in my office at home, some would call it a study but, in truth, it’s the small bedroom with a desk and some shelves.
I am currently and literally surrounded by James Patterson novels having decided to tidy them up, sort them out and update my check sheet. It turns out that over the last ten years or so, I have accumulated 82 titles with one more on the way - and yes, they have all been read (except the one that’s not here yet!) because they do not get to the shelf till they have been. The 82 does not include another 5 which appear to be duplicate titles! Whoops!
82 seems a lot of books to be written by one person (with collaborators) but having looked on the interweb, I discover that the current number of titles available is 367! So, I'm nowhere near having them all yet and what’s more, he appears to be gaining on me!!
All these different titles got me thinking about our bible, inspired by God and recorded for use using God’s collaborators, prophets, eye witnesses and disciples. It consists of a mere 66 books all conveniently bound nowadays, into a single volume.
I was considering how many of those books I have read and fully understand! Perhaps you would like to ask yourself the same question – sometimes, if we are honest with ourselves, the answer is not what we would like it to be.
Perhaps, like me, in these extraordinary times you may use a little of the covid19 generated lockdown time to plumb the depths of what Paul described as, the ‘unsearchable riches’ contained, some would say hidden, within the pages of the 66 books we know as our bible. You may surprise yourself when looking at the familiar, or looking in some of the more dusty, unloved corners, of this precious volume.
When you find something, and you will, that blesses, challenges or encourages your personal walk with the Lord, rejoice and be glad. Then maybe, you would be inspired to share it with us all through this ‘daily thought’ page on Newmount website.
If so, I’m sure Ruth will be delighted to hear from you and help if necessary.
In the meantime I wish you God's blessing as you seek to know and understand more of His written word so that it will become for you His living word.
Great God of wonders help us to look, and look, and look again until we find grace and peace in and through your unsearchable riches.