It is a significant blessing to be the father of my three daughters. I am tremendously blessed.
The three of them have their own defining characteristics that I admire a lot and in as much as I do from time to time look to see which characteristics they share with either their Mum or me, I’m grateful that they are unique in and of themselves.
The middle daughter, Abigail, has this aspect to her that when she’s committed to doing something she will be very diligent in doing it. She will not do a half-hearted job. She will not be deterred. She will give it her all and leave no stone unturned in the quest to get the job done well.
I consider that aspect of her character and am reminded about what the writer to the Hebrews said about God, faith and the diligent.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
When you’re diligent there is that aspect of you that will not give up until every possible avenue has been thoroughly exhausted. That says a lot about the importance about the task at hand. If that task is searching for God and looking for His way in your life, consider how God responds. Look at how He is a rewarder. You are in search of the treasure, He is keen to hand it over. As long as there’s a recognition of what the treasure is and how rewarding it is to discover your efforts won’t be in vain.
Often, I realise, it’s because we’re really not that keen on God that we’ll give up on Him. We need Him for something and it’s the something that we’re really desperate for – not so much Him. If He can give us the something, then He has use, if we cannot get it, then there’s little point of Him really. That’s why in some cases prayer life can be lacklustre and there’s a struggle to be interested and engaged with His Word as well as a lax approach to other elements of what it is to follow Jesus.
Yet there is a change when we appreciate just how amazing and glorious He is. When that takes place and we truly acknowledge Him for who He is, then that diligent searching is no chore. It’s a delight. He is the treasure, He is the great reward and to know that when we treat Him as such He’s more than ready to give us what we’re looking for the perspective on everything changes.
Whether He answers our prayers immediately or not – we are still content with Him. Whether the circumstances change in our favour or not – we are still content with Him. Whether the issues go away or remain – we are still content with Him. And pursue that contentment in Him as the primary pursuit in life and do it with great diligence because He is glorious, He is awesome, He is wonderful, He is marvellous, He is amazing, He is inspiring, He is mighty, He is loving, He is holy, He is merciful, He is patient, He is kind, He is a way-maker, He is a promise-keeper, He is wise, He is gracious – He is good. And all that He is, He invites us to make it our priority to pursue Him and enjoy Him as our great reward. And to do that diligently.
My prayer is that one day, Abigail and her sisters will likewise discover for themselves how it’s worthwhile making Jesus the primary pursuit. Not just my daughters, obviously, but all those who are yet to know how sweet it is to know we are loved by the Creator of the Universe who invites us to diligently pursue Him by faith.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden