Diligent and Persevering

“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica,
in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched
the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”
(Acts 17:11).

That terrorist attack almost completely destroyed the building and ended the lives of nearly a hundred people. A person approached the site with a group of volunteers to offer help to those who were removing debris, hoping to find someone alive and rescue them. There was a young man who was pacing back and forth. His wife was trapped under the rubble. He was distraught because thirteen hours had passed since the attack, and hope of rescue was fading.

On the other hand, the specialist and the team of rescuers worked diligently, non-stop and quickly; with responsibility, effort, and commitment. Several lifes were rescued because of that.

Paul visited believers of Berea and, when comparing them to those of Thessalonica, he said that Bereans were nobler. That is, they were different: they were loyal and generous; they received the message without prejudice; and they examined, delved deeper, researched, and compared on their own the words they heard from Paul with the Written Word.

The Bereans were instructed by the Word and strengthened by the Word. They studied the Scriptures devotedly, diligently, and with an intense desire to obtain more knowledge. The dictionary defines “diligence” as care, swiftness, sedulousness, hastle, earnestness, keeness, efficiency, and a relentless search until the goal is reached. “If, you intend that your, hope of salvation should rise to any strenght and solidity, study the Word of God diligently. The Christian is bred by the Word and he must be fed by it” – William Gurnall -.

In this age of superficiality, one thinks, reflects, and meditates less and less. To that end, like the Bereans, we must be persevering in the study of the Bible, and we must do so every day.

The study of the Bible demands our most diligent effort and persevering thought. As the miner digs for the golden treasure in the earth, so earnestly, must we seek for the treasure of God’s word.

Like those volunteers seeking life
in the depths of the rubble,
we need greater commitment
to the study of the Word.
Let us be diligent and persevering
in our study and in its application.

God bless you, and may He fill you with the spirit of perseverance today…