Making Diligent Search
By Lois J. Stucky (1928 – 2014)
How it must delight the heart of our loving God today when He finds those upon whom He can place what someone has called, the “full weight of His love.” Love seeks those to whom it may give. Love grieves when it meets with indifference or rebuff.
God wants us, His blood-bought children, to abide in His love: “As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you: continue ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:9-11).
How do we abide in His love? How do we retain His love; remain within His love; go on living in His love, as various translators term it? Jesus had already told His disciples the answer to that:
“He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him” (John 14:10). Obedience to God’s Word gives us the prize position of an abiding place in His love. Here is one excellent reason for carefully maintaining the morning time with God. Here we can read and meditate on the Word of God and learn how we can better obey Him. Here we can obtain strength to obey Him.
In these very uncertain days, it is wise to draw as near to God as we can while conditions are as favorable as they are. Calamities happen suddenly. Who knows what will suddenly burst on this world?
Maybe it will not be something violent that descends upon you and me to test us to the depths. It could be ease and pleasures or cares of this world that captivate us and cool our love for God. We might become like the unwise virgins, not having oil in our lamps nor in our vessels with our lamps (Matt. 25:1-13). We dare not squander our opportunities to grow spiritually and then expect suddenly to leap into a place of spiritual strength where we can weather the storms of our own life or the storms that loom on the horizon of this nation and the world, or to be ready for the coming of our Lord! Will we stand bravely on God’s side and be counted with the wise virgins with lamps trimmed and burning? This life of loving God with all our heart and soul and mind takes time and effort to develop. It is something much too vital to treat lightly. It is something Jesus says is the first and greatest commandment! (22:37-38).