Right now, for my devotional reading, I’m reading a book of sermons by Frederick Buechner. In a sermon titled “Come and See,” Buechner confronts the question of how we can come to know whether or not Christianity is true.
He [Jesus] says to ask and it will be given you, to seek and you will find. In other words, he says that if you pray for him, he will come to you, and as far as I know, there is only one way to find out whether that is true, and that is to try it. Pray for him and see if he comes, in ways that only you will recognize. He says to follow him, to walk as he did into the world’s darkness, to throw yourself away as he threw himself away for love of the dark world. And he says that if you follow him, you will end up on some kind of cross, but that beyond your cross and even on your cross you will also find your heart’s desire, the peace that passes all understanding. And again, as far as I know there is only one way to find out whether that is true, and that is to try it. Follow him and see. — Frederick Buechner, “Come and See,” in Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons (New York: HarperOne, 2006), 54.
Buechner introduced this passage with the words: “Have faith enough, hope enough, despair enough, foolishness enough at least to draw near to see for yourselves.” It all reminds me of the great truth of James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”