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BLESSING #8: The Blessing of a Longing to Know God
My friend Mike is unsaved. That’s biblical language for his condition before God. In trying to reach my friend, I’m becoming more aware of what I have as a believer and what my friend Mike doesn’t yet have.
8. WE HAVE A LONGING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH STUDYING HIS WORD!
ACTION STEPS 1. Complete the following sentence: “I want to be a student of God’s Word because ___________________.
Hungry? I know the cartoon is about monsters under the bed. But it got me to thinking — am I HUNGRY? I mean really hungry for what matters? I have no problem — even at age 70 — for satisfying my hunger pains with a handful of M&M’s or a (small) bowl of ice cream. But what about real spiritual hunger? Am I satisfied with just knowing the Lord enough? Do I pursue a deeper connection with Him and the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit? What does your hunger meter look like? On empty? or moving toward the side of longing to grow in the things of God? [I don’t think we’ll ever have to worry about the last sections of being “STUFFED,” “BLOATED,” or “NAUSEOUS”!]
This is a great video! It raises the question, what are YOU hungry for? At my advanced age, my appetite sometimes gets me into trouble. I can eat too much. I can eat the wrong things. I can fail to hide my bag of M&M’s — and my wife finds them!
But what about my spiritual hunger? Do I find myself thirsting and hungering for the Lord every day? Or, do I feed myself on the junkfood of the world and think that I am full? You?
“I was a nut in a tired, paper bag
One day Jesus found me,
cracked me open, salted me,
and threw me into the world
To make it thirsty for Him.”
1 Lord, hear my prayer,
listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.
2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.
3 The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in the darkness
like those long dead.
4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.
5 I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.
6 I spread out my hands to you;
I thirst for you like a parched land.
7 Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
“If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God,it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”
― John Piper, A Hunger For God
How thirsty are you? There are several versions of this commercial. One has the young lady diving off the balcony into a swimming pool. Maybe it’s just me — but I think this commercial really drives home the idea of absolute, unrelenting thirst.
What are you thirsty for? Thirst can cause one to grumble against God and His appointed leaders (Ex. 17:3). But God provided for Israel in the wilderness, giving them bread from heaven and water from a rock (Neh. 9:15)! As intense as physical thirst can be, do we have a spiritual thirst for knowing God? The Psalmist cried out, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” (Ps. 42:2). How does one measure one’s thirst for God?