Hungering for God
by beatrice ofwona
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As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you O God. Psalms 42:1
In the bible are certain people like David and Job with whom God was greatly pleased; these are people who challenge our Christianity. What for instance does He say when He looks at us from heaven? David was not perfect, he struggled with leadership and as a family man had a philandering issue with Bathsheba as well as the orchestrating for her husbandís murder. However in Acts 13:22, God looked down at him and said of him ďÖa man after my own heart, he will do everything I want him to doĒ.
David is the epitome of a soul that truly hungered for God and was blessed accordingly. He was made of the kind of material that God works with to make a dwelling for Himself. In Ephesians 2:22, we see how we are constantly being built together to become Godís dwelling place. Godís plan is not just for our salvation by being born again, this for Him is a first step as He continues making us worthy of His dwelling in us. God has provided everything possible to transform and change us; He has given us all of lifeís goodness. Every challenge has provision and every difficulty divine power to deal with it as mentioned in 2Peter 1:3. Even the problems we are going through as believers already have power released to deal with them. We just need to know how to access this power.
We are a generation that has what it takes to worship our God and be showered with His blessings. We have fellowship groups, bible study groups and now even pastors who can help compartmentalize and deal with all our issues yet divorce rates remain high as people continue speaking of incompatibility or irreconcilable differences. All we need is people who are obedient to God and this is made possible only if we truly hunger for Him. God desires that we experience Him and grow on a daily basis through the small to the big miracles that He is willing to show us. It is His wish that we mature in our Christianity and that those that hunger for Him be filled. We do not need to be reminded to read our bibles or ceaselessly pray as these should come to us naturally if we desire to know Him in a deeper way. There are certain things that hungering for God does to us.
Firstly, it does not allow our pre-occupation with anything else. David had killed Goliath and was a King but His hunger for God was unstoppable. We have failed as Christians to change because we do not hunger enough for God. If we did, then we would yet be transformed in a mighty way.
Secondly, hunger does not allow us to be side tracked by any other business until it is satisfied. David was a busy man, handling national and international issues, many wives and children; yet this did not deter his worship and God was able to see his hunger. The devil keeps us busy so that we are too occupied to pray, to read the word or have devotion for God. We find ourselves busy studying, looking for money, raising our families or just worrying about life. We have relegated our God to the background. When we fail to read the bible we leave ourselves with no inner strength to deal with the very sins that we are trying to avoid. Let us upgrade our desire for God to a hunger for Him because the former cannot get us anywhere without the latter.
Thirdly, only hunger sends us doing unconventional things for God. David danced at one time for the Lord until his garments fell off. We should forget who is looking at us and worship God unconventionally because life has so boxed us that there is no longer any transformation in us. We no longer fast or pray as we used to or as we should. We even feel offended when the service is longer than usual!
Fourthly, hunger does not make us comfortable, it does not make us get used to anything; it keeps us desperate and crying for God. In Philippians 3, Paul, in old age, still hungers for Christ and is willing to partake of his suffering if only to gain Him.
Hunger is continuous and cannot be quenched. We will know we have it when we crave for God more and more because the more we draw closer to Him, the more we will yearn for Him.
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