In the cave of Adullam, David gathered a little band whose sole and compelling purpose was to make David King (I Chronicles 12:31, 38). He was an exile but he was destined to a throne. Jesus Christ, the Son of David, came unto His own and they received Him not. He was rejected of men and is an exile but He is going to return one day for His coronation. Meantime He gathers today a band who bear His name and are out to make Him King, first in the invisible kingdom of our hearts and then in the visible kingdom when He reigns on earth. The true church today is not this gigantic institutionalism with all its massive setup and glowing statistics. It is a persecuted minority in a pagan world, a modern David’s band in a cave of Adullam, last-minute men, a King’s men, working for that day when we shall bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all. Comrades, I salute you!
THE BELOVED UNSEEN
Whom having not seen, ye love.
I Peter 1:8
Walking with a little four-year-old, I said something about loving Jesus. “But how can I love Him,” she asked, “when I can’t see Him?”
Thus she posed a problem which has occupied not a few grown-ups. Peter had seen Jesus. He was writing to Christians who had not. Yet they loved Him, anyway, and though now they saw Him not, yet believing, they rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
We cannot see Him, but He lives and we can believe. And if we trust Him the Spirit makes Him real and the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. And we make our way through this evil world in love with One we have never seen. We are not infatuated with a hero of fiction, a memory or an ideal. We love a Living Person who was and is, and we shall be like Him, for one day we shall see Him as He is.
Yes, we can love Him though we cannot see Him.