“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
“Search the scriptures; . . . they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).
Precious things are deeply hidden. Pebbles and stones and autumn leaves abound everywhere, but gold and silver and precious stones are hidden deep in the bowels and rocky ribs of the earth; shells cover the seashore, but pearls are hidden in its depths. And so with truth. Some truths may lie on the surface of the Bible, but those that will altogether satisfy and distinguish us and make us wise unto salvation are found only after diligent search, even as for hid treasure.—Samuel Logan Brengle.
I open it, my fingers trace the lines
That Wesley’s, Moody’s, Spurgeon’s eyes have scanned.
Beneath my fingertips a promise shines,
A diamond unearthed by my seeking hand,
A gem that countless saints have touched before
And left among this jewel casket’s store.
I searched as one who searches long for gold,
And oh, what gleaming nuggets I unearthed.
All that my seeking heart and hands can hold
I gather, and I know their precious worth.
And strange, the vein has never failed, though man
Has mined its channel since the world began.
The Holy Book, that gives its wealth unpriced
To every seeker after God and Christ.
—Grace Noll Crowell.