June 10 The Next Best Thing To Do
“Seek, and ye shall find.” Luke 11:9
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” If you ask for things
from life instead of from God, you ask amiss, i.e., you ask from a desire for
self-realization. The more you realize yourself the less will you seek God.
“Seek, and ye shall find.” Get to work, narrow your interests to this one. Have
you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you only given a languid cry
to Him after a twinge of moral neuralgia? Seek, concentrate, and you will find.
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.” Are you thirsty,
or smugly indifferent – so satisfied with your experience that you want nothing
more of God? Experience is a gateway, not an end. Beware of building your faith
on experience, the metallic note will come in at once, the censorious note. You
can never give another person that which you have found, but you can make him
homesick for what you have.
“Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” “Draw nigh to God.” Knock – the
door is closed, and you suffer from palpitation as you knock. “Cleanse your
hands” – knock a bit louder, you begin to find you are dirty. “Purify your
heart” – this is more personal still, you are desperately in earnest now – you
will do anything. “Be afflicted” – have you ever been afflicted before God at
the state of your inner life? There is no strand of self-pity left, but a
heartbreaking affliction of amazement to find you are the kind of person that
you are. “Humble yourself” – it is a humbling business to knock at God’s door –
you have to knock with the crucified thief. “To him that knocketh, it shall be