God’s goodness is indeed a treasury of wonderful riches. But it was not set up to fund the removal of every little inconvenience from our lives in this world. We need to be careful what we ask for and why. God’s grace is not to be taken lightly.
As the God of truth, God requires that our actions truthfully reflect our desire and that our desire be nothing less than conformity — body, soul, and spirit — to the realities of His truth. We must desire God as sincerely as children often do.
Answers to our questions about God can’t always be found by philosophical inquiry. We have to weave our inquiries into our dealings with other human beings. It is in the giving and receiving of love that truth has its best chance to occur to us.
Christ’s love has a “compelling” effect on us, even before we receive the forgiveness of our sins. It is our recognition of His love and our joyous anticipation of gratitude to Him that move us to respond to the gospel in the first place.
As painful as it is to admit our total bankruptcy before God, there is no other way to be receptive to Him. It is only when our vessel has been drained of its last dregs that it is ready to be filled anew. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
In God’s providence, each of us is confronted each day with facts that ought to move us. The whole issue of spiritual growth hangs in the balance as we make the daily decisions that determine our responsiveness, the sensitivity of our hearts.
God gave us hearts with several dimensions, and we were designed to seek Him in all of these. To some extent, is this not wholeheartedness? To give God less than all three — our intellect, emotions, and will — is to be less than a whole person.
Hunger is not always a bad thing. There is an old saying that “hunger is the best sauce.” Perhaps our hunger needs to grow more intense before we can properly appreciate the feast. If so, God may withhold the feast until we are ready.
Trifling is undesirable even in worldly matters. Those who dabble, acting superficially and without any serious intent, rarely accomplish any lasting good. But the worst trifling is to trifle with God. That is not only undesirable; it is deadly.
Godly love can only be possible when we grow in our appreciation of the goodness of God’s holy character. As long as our delight depends upon His conforming Himself to our wishes, that delight will be small. We must learn to love the truth about God.