About twenty years ago I began searching for some rare religious books. A few of these books have been found and purchased over the years, but most are volumes I have never been able to see let alone buy.
About ten years ago someone told me one of the books on my list is worthless—a small paperback that was hardly worth printing. When I asked this fellow if we were talking about the same book, he assured me we were.
Although I did not think the man was lying, his claim seemed doubtful because another book by this same author is outstanding. Since it didn’t hurt to keep looking, I have continued to watch for a copy of this “worthless paperback” for the past ten years.
Today some unusual circumstances alerted me to the fact that this book is again being sold via “print on demand” and single copies are available. Today I was also able to hold and examine a copy of this book at a seminary library. Rather than be a small paperback, this is a hardbound book of almost 600 pages and the material is truly outstanding.
Many of the great things in life come through searching and this is certainly true in the area of religion. In Mt. 7:7 Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” In Mt. 13:44 Jesus said: “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field ; which a man found, and hid; and in his joy he goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.”
Some of our searching may seem fruitless and almost endless. Others may try to discourage us in our search for God, truth, and heaven. In the end faithful searchers often find they are blessed beyond their wildest dreams.
Keep searching, especially as it relates to being and staying in a right relationship with God.