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Bless-ed! 52 Blessings Your Lost Friend Doesn’t Have . . . And What You Can Do About It! (Part 29)

01 Mar

“Quench your thirst!” says the TV commercial for the latest soft drink. But our physical thirst just comes back. So we have buy more of the advertised beverage. But what about a thirst for God? Is it — should it ever be — satisfied? Would any believer ever say, “Oh, I’ve had my fill of the glory and beauty of God. I can move on to other beverages!”?

I believe my friend Mike has many thirsts. He longs to be a good husband and father. He strives to be a good tennis player (he cleans my clock every time we play). I’m sure in his better moments he’s concerned for excellence in his job. But what about God? In thinking about the blessings I have, I’m pretty sure my unsaved friends —

29. THEY DON’T HAVE AN EVER-INCREASING THIRST FOR GOD!

We read in Psalm 42, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (v. 2). The same Psalmist David writes in Psalm 63, when he was in the desert of Judah, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (v. 1). Thirsting for God, longing for Him with one’s whole being — I’m not sure most Christians are there. Our passion for God is often quenched by the drinks of this world.

One of the ways God describes Himself in Scripture is as “the God who hides himself” (Is. 45:15). Job spoke of the Lord in the following words: “But if he remains silent, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, who can see him? Yet he is over individual and nation alike . . .” (Job 34:29). In beautiful King Jamesian language, the Psalmist writes, “Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” (Ps. 10:1). In the midst of catastrophe the Psalmist does not hesitate to express his question, “Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? (Ps.44:24). “Why do you hide your face from me?”, he asks in Psalm 88:14.

The bottom line is that God wants us to seek Him, to thirst for Him, to long to know Him deeper and deeper. The great spiritual writer A.W. Tozer captures our problem when he writes, “Everything is made to center upon the initial act of `accepting’ Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him.” (The Pursuit of God)

After working a night job at UPS during my graduate studies, I would come home early in the morning, kiss my wife and young children hello, and then, when our son and daughter were out of the room, I’d hide in the linen closet. The kids would come into the kitchen, notice my absence, and ask Mom, “Where’s Dad?” Mom would lie. All moms lie. And she would say, “I have no idea!” Then the kids knew they would have find me; they knew immediately that Dad had initiated a game of hide and seek.

After they had searched the house for me (I could see their little sneakers through the slats in the linen closet), I would then come out of the, uh, closet and sit drinking coffee with my wife. They would ask where I had been hiding. I finally told them about the linen closet hiding place when they each turned 18.

On one occasion I came home from my night job, kissed my wife and children good morning, and hid when their back were turned. I could hear running around the house trying to find me. And then there was silence. I came out of my hiding place and went to find them. They were in the basement watching cartoons.

They were quite happy no longer seeking Dad. I was devastated. Have we stopped seeking the Lord?

So, how do I pray for my unsaved friend? I try to make it clear that, although I now belong to Him through Christ, I’ve just begun to seek Him, to know Him deeply. And I pray that kind of thirst will get a hold of my lost friend. (to be continued)

 

 

 

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