“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1 NIV).
When was the last time you earnestly sought something? For some it may have been a certain person that they found themselves attracted to. For others, it may have been that desperately needed new job. Maybe you just sought after a friendship. Or perhaps you simply find yourself earnestly seeking happiness in your life. We all find ourselves seeking after something at one point or another.
There can be little doubt that our world is in a time of turmoil. Although our hearts are still broken when we hear about mass shootings, child abuse, human trafficking, or even pastors engaging in child pornography, we are not all that surprised when they take place. In this day and age a person can’t even make the national news unless they have the millions of dollars to spend on campaigns—like politicians, or they execute horrific acts of mass violence. We certainly seem to be in a “dry and weary land where there is no water.”
It is in these times of crisis or desperation that we often begin to search for hope. It is often when our worlds are shaken that we thirst for comfort and peace. And it is in response to acts of hatred that we long for love. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Where are these things when we so desperately need them?”
During a time of desperation, while being hunted in hatred, David says that he earnestly seeks God. David realizes that what he needs to bring hope, comfort, peace, and love is nothing more than the presence of God. In fact, without the presence of God, these things cannot be attained.
It was only when the presence of God hovered over the waters that order and purpose came into a world of chaos and emptiness (Genesis 1). Likewise, it is only when the presence of God comes into our world that the light can shine into the darkness. Without the presence of God, the best efforts of man will only continue to exasperate the problems of this world. We must earnestly seek His presence.
Consider the efforts we might put in to seeking after a person who has stolen our heart. Consider the effort that we might put in for the sake of getting a job. Consider the effort that we put into our friendships. And consider the efforts that we put in to our pursuit of happiness. Consider these and then ask yourself honestly, “Do I put such effort into seeking the presence of God in my life?”
Do you earnestly seek after God?
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