7.22.17 – The Weekly Walk. Desire.
Good Saturday to you. I’m reading through a bible plan in my Bible reading app and wanted to share just a few thoughts from it. I’m into day 5 of this 30 day plan. It’s very easy and simple to digest, quick to start the day with which is good but there are some days, I have to admit, that I’m yearning for more. Here are a few highlights:
– We must let go of the good to grab hold of the better. From Psalm 84: “Better is one day with God than thousands elsewhere.” Spend time with God.
– How do you have a day with God? You live with an ongoing, unending awareness of His presence. From Colossians 3: “Since You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.” Earthly things. These things will pass. They are good for a minute. We need to store our treasures in heaven.
– How do you begin to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence? You begin developing the habit of constant communication with God through prayer. From Luke 18: “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus told his crew that prayer is important, that prayer is essential in his ministry. How many times does it say in the New Testament…then Jesus went off to pray.
– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop the habit of instant obedience to God. Tough one. Instant obedience, undying obedience. We are human. We have this nature that says it’s all about us, all about me. We have needs, wants, desires and to be honest, they usually revolve around us. In John 14, Jesus says this, “If you love me, keep my commands, and I will ask the Father and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth.” Long for obedience.
– In order to live with an ongoing, unending awareness of God’s presence, you must develop a daily desperation for God. A daily desperation. I love that word. Desperation. When you are desperate for something, you will do anything to get it. You will move mountains to get it. That’s what God has done for us, He has moved mountains to get to us. Let’s return the sentiment. Desperation for God. David says in Psalm 63, “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….I will praise you as long as I live.” How dry and parched are you for God? How desperate do you need his living water?
That’s only the first 5 days. I need to develop a habit of constantly striving for God. Relying on God. Trusting in God. Hoping in God. I need to be desperate for Him and His goodness in my life. I encourage you to do the same. Long for Him, in the midst of the tragedy and the joy, Father I pray that you are the center of it all. Amen.