We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Hide and Seek

I loved playing Hide and Seek as a child. I used to think that I hid in the most undiscoverable nooks and crannies. My younger sister didn’t enjoy Hide and Seek but she played anyway. As I would sit in darkness and silence, waiting to hear her footsteps, I would soon pop my head out- only to find that she was sitting in front of the TV watching cartoons. She had given up. But when it was her turn to hide, I was unstoppable in my quest to find the hidden reward!

Fifty years later, I am still on that quest. The Word of God is in many ways a hidden treasure, waiting to be found. But I have to admit that there are times when that treasure is more difficult to find. In fact, just this morning I was reading in Joshua chapters 20 and 21 and found, for the first time in decades, no eternal truth that I could take with me through the day. That is, until I arrived at the end of the chapter!

Picture this: you are reading through an endless list of city names, the morning is slipping by, and you are wondering if there will be a blessing from what you are reading. While picking up speed through the monotonous list of names, you resign yourself to the fact that there may not be a blessing today. But as you arrive at the end and read the very last verse, a smile starts to form on your face. You didn’t give up, and the unexpected blessing that you begin to read confirms the truth that those who seek diligently will find. Tucked away at the end of a monotonous list of names in Joshua 21, the following blessing can be found: “Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made . . . not one had failed; all came to pass.” Now, that is a truth worth searching for!

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