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Longing For God

Longing For God
Longing – very thirsty,” unquenched, i.e., pertaining to an intense longing for water as a condition of being physically dehydrated, implying a weakened condition”
Isa 29:8 speak of the torment of one dreaming of their hunger and thirst  being fulfilled only to  awaken from the dream to the reality of one’s soul still being in lack. What a tormenting spirit…
This is an echo the condition of a person who seeks fulfilment outside of God.  A consistent tormenting of seeming to have what one needs and desires only to awaken to disappointment, emptiness, and a lack of fulfilment.
Isaiah asked the nation this question in Isa 55:2 “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satify? That question was asked to a people who snuggled to yield in obedience and dependency upon the living God. They sought the meeting of their needs elsewhere.  What they pursued and valued above the Living God  left them in a thirsty and unfulfilled condition..
Psa 107:8-9  tells us.. “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
The reality is that God allows us to pursue whatever/whoever  we chose to pursue. He has given us the free-will to do so. Yet, He warns us by letting us know what the results are when we long for other people, places, things above Him – a thirsty, disappointed,  and unfulfilled longing of the soul. 
 
Yet in God’s goodness, He is faithful and loving not to leave us or abandon us. He will met us at the place of thirst, longing, and emptiness.
He is ready to saitsfy the longing and the hungry soul. He will meet us there with His goodness and with His marvellous works. Not only will He meet us in our place of thirst, disappointment, and hungry, He provides and fills us with His presence. Jesus said “I am the bread of life.. he who eats of Me shall never hunger again” and also declared that He is the “Living water.. anyone who drinks of Him shall never thirst”. What a promise of fulfillment to the longing soul.
 
There is a deep place within all of us that only God can fill. That deep place is the alter of our hearts.. but when we place people, desires, and the pursuit of things on the alter of our hearts , we will always find ourselves left longing and disappointed. 
 
The word of God in Matthew 6:33 gives us the clear answer.. “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things shall be added”. Let us continue to long for God above our own ideas, our own agendas, our own selfish needs. Let us long for God who alone can fulfill us. 
 
The invitation of God is clear.. “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price” God wants to meet us at our place of longing and fill us with what onyl He can provide.
 – Bishop Eddie Gross
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