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As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1 NIV)
I have recently been challenged with this question. Now, if I was honest I would tell you that I crave coffee every morning. But, that’s not exactly what I am asking myself with this question.
Scripture tells us that as the deer pants for water, so we should pant for God. Psalm 42:1 tells us that, As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O ,God. Whenever my husband (because I don’t do it very often) takes our dogs for a walk they immediately come in seeking water, and often if we find a puddle or walk by the lake they will attempt to drink from it. Based on that observation and the above Scripture, I have to ask myself – do I seek out God like my dogs seek out water after a walk? In the summer, if I am working outside or in the heat – I understand the craving for water or liquid refreshment. Do I apply that understanding to my need for God?
At Keswick, we deal with men who are struggling to overcome different addictions in their lives. It is probably appropriate to say that they once craved a substance or something in a powerful way. My husband craved heroin in his past to a point that all he thought about was when and how he could get it.
Do I crave God like that? I hate to say it, but probably not. There are definitely times I am drawn to God and I am looking forward to spending time with Him, but certainly not in the way that people crave drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling or food. It is even safe to say that I do not crave God to the point that I crave food. Have you been around a hungry baby? Do you desire God or a spiritual connection with God like a baby desires his bottle? 1 Peter 2:2 (NIV) states that: Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…
Based on this question I am attempting to spend time with God before each meal and before I go to bed at night. Not a lot of time, just some reading or praying in addition to my regular times of devotion and study. Maybe for you it might be that you need to spend time with God before a certain TV show that you just can’t miss, or before you read a book – or go shopping. Whichever it is… Do you seek to spend time with God as much as you feel the need to do other things in your life?
Writer for “Real Victory for Real Life”
365 Devotional Thoughts in the Spirit of America’s Keswick, VOLUME 2
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