Anne Graham Lotz: Don’t Miss the Treasure

As oppression, corruption, disease and persecution permeate our world, have you felt like the psalmist when he asked, “Why, Lord, do you stand far off?” (Psalm 10:1).

At times in my life, when trials and turmoil … and death and disease … seem to obscure everything and everyone else, God can seem far off. I would feel abandoned by God, except I know He has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we may say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Therefore, I place my faith not in my feelings, but in His Word. And that’s when I discover the Treasure …


  • Give examples of spiritual and moral darkness that you see in our world, in the church, in your family.
  • What encouragement do you receive from Isaiah 45:7?
  • Who is ultimately in control?
  • What is God’s promise in Isaiah 45:3?
  • What is the treasure in the darkness?


  • Describe a spiritual “desert.” See Exodus 15:22; 16:2-3.
  • Where did God’s people see the Lord in Exodus 16:10?
  • Describe John’s “desert” in Revelation 1:9.
  • What was John’s experience there, according to Revelation 1:9-16?
  • Can you think of a time when you were spiritually dry, cut off from all that was familiar, yet you met God in a fresh way?
  • How are you encouraged by Isaiah 35:6 (KJV)? Exodus 17:1-6? Genesis 21:14-20?
  • Have you discovered the treasure in your desert?


  • When have you been oppressed by clouds of confusion or temptation, disappointment or depression, loneliness or grief?
  • What did God promise His people in Exodus 19:9?
  • How was Jonah in the dark, and what was his testimony in Jonah 2:1-3:2? The psalmist in Psalm 40:2? Daniel in Daniel 6:1-28? Lazarus in John 11?
  • How are you encouraged by Exodus 20:21-26? Psalm 97:2? 2 Samuel 22:29?
  • Have you seen the treasure in your cloud?


  • What disease, death, divorce, disaster, persecution or other storms have come into your life? See Proverbs 1:27.
  • Describe Ezekiel’s storm in Ezekiel 1:1-5.
  • Who came to the prophet in the midst of the storm in Ezekiel 1:25-28?
  • What was Isaiah’s experience when he had a brush with death in Isaiah 6:1-8?
  • Describe how Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego were persecuted for their faith in Daniel 3:1-23.
  • Did God keep the three young Hebrews from being thrown into the fire? Or did He show up in the midst of it? See Daniel 3:24-25.
  • How was God glorified by the young men refusing to bow down or bend to the government’s evil edict? See Daniel 3:26-29.
  • Describe Peter’s storm in Matthew 14:22-33.
  • What did Peter discover as a result?
  • What do you learn about storms from the following descriptions: Job 40:6? Proverbs 10:25? Nahum 1:3?
  • What do you learn from Jesus’ own example in Luke 8:22-25?
  • When the storm breaks, do you have eyes to see the treasure?


While mountains can represent peaks and high points, they also can represent difficulties, obstacles and hardships.

  • Name some mountains in your life at present.
  • How are you encouraged by Exodus 34:1-5? Isaiah 45:2? Genesis 22:14? Mark 9:2-8?
  • What treasure are you missing because you are too weary or too busy to climb the mountain?

When in the darkness, the desert, the cloud, the storm, or facing a mountain, don’t miss the Treasure. Open your eyes to Jesus. ©2022 Anne Graham Lotz


Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version. 

This article is adapted from a study originally published in March 2009.

Anne Graham Lotz has proclaimed God’s Word worldwide for more than 40 years. Her newest book, which she co-authored with her daughter Rachel-Ruth Wright, is “Jesus Followers: Real-Life Lessons for Igniting Faith in the Next Generation.” It is available from major booksellers online.