|Proverbs 8:10 – “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;”
People search for what is important in life.
They pursue careers that become unsatisfying.
They build wealth and find out it is just something else to keep up with.
That’s what Jeff Murphy discovered.
He had read a poem by Forrest Feen. Feen, a millionaire art dealer from Santa Fe, New Mexico supposedly hid clues to a $2 million dollar buried treasure in the lines of his verse.
According to the poem, a box of gold and jewels 10 inches square holds the loot. Fenn said he buried the box somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between Santa Fe and the Canadian border.
Also, it is above 5,000 feet and “is not a mine, a graveyard, or near a structure.”
Since the publication of the poem, dozens have tried to find the supposed treasure. Jeff Murphy was one of the treasure hunters.
He was hiking in Yellowstone and then disappeared. Searchers found his body following a 500-foot fall from Turkey Pen Peak.
He was the fourth to die pursuing the dream of treasure.
There are so many things worth more than the earthly treasures.
The writer of Proverbs asks us to measure the worth of something before pursuing it.
“Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;” (Proverbs 8:10, RSV)
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1, RSV)
The measure of a true treasure is how long it lasts. Anything whose value remains prized no matter the time and place, that is the true treasure to find.