To ONLY BELIEVE is NOT easy. It takes work to have faith in an unseen God. We find Christ where we have left Him or replaced Him. “I sought Him, but I found Him not.” Song of Solomon 3:1 Have I been honest in my seeking?
What must I do to find God? Pastor and teacher CH SPURGEON wrote: “Tell me where you lost the company of Jesus, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining your faith in prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by the sin of unbelief? You will find Christ in no other way but by the rebuking, by the repenting of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the doubt or lust doth dwell.
Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it, it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. Bunyan tells us, the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbour of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest place he had ever travelled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence. Humbly heed the wisdom, reflect on where you doubted His Word.
When you return to your Master, cling close to Him. How is it you ever lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, “O that I knew where I might find Him!” Go on seeking, continue trusting, keep standing on His Word.
It is dangerous to be outside His Word. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots. With thine whole heart seek Him, and He will be found: only give thyself thoroughly up to the search, and verily, thou shalt yet discover Him to thy joy and His pleasure.”
My Lord spoke to me after I chose to praise Him in the midst of my trouble. He said “Be still, do nothing, just RECEIVE, for I never left you and I want you well.” I stand on His Word and I speak with authority as if it already were — not hoping, but BELIEVING.