47. Yearn for God

My kids love sweets and chocolates like most other kids I suppose. I don't want them to eat too much of it as I know that it is not the best healthy choice for them. So what I do is I put the sweets and chocolates in the highest cupboard possible in our kitchen and when they want a sweet, they can ask me for it and I can decide whether they have had a lot of sweets during the day already or not. Now what I observed was that they didn't let the height deter them. The times that they know they have had a lot of sweets already and that I will say no to more, they make a plan. They get a kitchen counter chair that is high enough and with the one holding the chair, the other one climbs up and reach as best he can for the sweets. The oldest one is now tall enough to reach it. This whole episode made me think. I have never seen someone go to this extreme for a carrot, have you? But the drive and the desire for a chocolate or a sweet drives them to risk the height to get it. They don't even consider the consequences of slipping and falling, the craving for something sweet urges them on.

And this made me realize something. We need to have the same urge, desire, craving to be with God, to know Him better. We shouldn't even consider the price it would cost us, we should simply 'get the chair and climb on' and reach for Him. We should risk everything; give of our time and energy just to be close to Him. I personally think in our walk with God we sometimes lose some of that urgency and desire. We become too familiar with God and we tend to take it for granted that He is there. I know, I have seen it in my own life. And then sometimes something happens that drives us back to Him. But I think it is much better to crave His presence even before something happens. I think that should be our ultimate goal - to know God better.

This correlates with the message concerning South Africa that I gave last week. If we love God, if we crave Him more than anything else and if our relationship with Him is restored to the ultimate level; then everything else will fall into place. You will become more and more like Him and when you become more like Him you will start to do two things. Firstly His love will start flowing through you to others. You will feel His heart beat for the lost and lonely, you will feel His love reaching out and helping others. There will be no effort on your side, it will flow so naturally that without even realizing it you would have helped another of God's children. You are part of the Body of Christ on earth and you will automatically be His hands and feet.

Secondly you will lose your love for this world. Everything this world has to offer will lose its alluring attraction and you would much rather focus on Christ and His world to come. Having treasures in heaven will take on a new meaning and you will rather focus on what is best for His Kingdom and not what is best for you. Your own ambitions and your own agenda will take second place. Paul says in Colossians 3:2, 3 "Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden in Christ in God."

The world will be a much better place if the desire for God once again takes hold of people. People will stand back and do what is best for all in the Kingdom, instead of what is most profitable for them. The lost, lonely and poor will be cared for and everyone will experience God's love flowing through them. Now I know this will one day be the case when Jesus comes and rules over His Kingdom, but in the meantime we can get close, if we get serious with God and be the children He created us to be. Reach out to God like a child reaching for a chocolate and see the difference it will make in the world you work and live in.

Father I love You so much. I yearn for more of You. I want to be so close to You that You are the only oxygen I have. I cannot breath if I don't take each breath with You. Please help us to grow closer and to be more like You, because only Your love can change the world. You are amazing. Amen

2 comments for “47. Yearn for God”

  1. Gravatar of tanjatanja
    Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:38:43 AM

    Dis so waar! My hart is deur die Here aangeraak om sommer hier by ons, Sir Lowry's Pas, betrokke te raak! Dankie, Ilze!
    Die laaste sin van die gebed sluit so mooi aan by die woorde van Mat Redman se nuwe lied "Your grace finds me".
    Luister gerus daarna...

  2. Gravatar of tanjatanja
    Posted Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:46:32 AM

    Die woorde: "I'm breathing in Your grace, and breathing out Your praise"

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