I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within
my heart. Ps. 40:8.
What a God is our God! He rules over His kingdom with diligence
and care, and He has built a hedge—the Ten Commandments—about
His subjects to preserve them from the results of transgression. In requiring
obedience to the laws of His kingdom, God gives His people health and happiness,
peace and joy. He teaches them that the perfection of character He requires
can be attained only by becoming familiar with His Word.
The true seeker, who is striving to be like Jesus in word,
life, and character, will contemplate his Redeemer and, by beholding, become
changed into His image, because he longs and prays for the same disposition
and mind that was in Christ Jesus. . . . He longs after God. The history of
his Redeemer, the immeasurable sacrifice that He made, becomes full of meaning
to him. Christ, the Majesty of heaven, became poor, that we through His poverty
might become rich; not rich merely in endowments, but rich in attainments.
These are the riches that Christ earnestly longs that His
followers shall possess. As the true seeker after the truth reads the Word
and opens his mind to receive the Word, he longs after truth with his whole
heart. The love, the pity, the tenderness, the courtesy, the Christian politeness,
which will be the elements in the heavenly mansions that Christ has gone to
prepare for those that love Him, take possession of his soul. His purpose
is steadfast. He is determined to stand on the side of righteousness. Truth
has found its way into the heart, and is planted there by the Holy Spirit,
who is the truth. When truth takes hold of the heart, the man gives sure evidence
of this by becoming a steward of the grace of Christ.
Each steward has his own special work to do for the advancement of God’s
kingdom. . . . The talents of speech, memory, influence, property, are to
accumulate for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. He will
bless the right use of His gifts.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 201, 202.