Tuesday, July 1, 2014

how bad do we want to spend time with God?

There is a strange thought that I’d like to share with us as we begin our day.  Some things we would be better off with than without.  But some of those things we don’t know about.  That is why God so desires to reveal Himself to us, for us to enjoy His presence and His sweetness.

By coming to know God we will long even more for His presence.  It is like spending time with a friend.  You remember that person from earlier times, and you want to spend time with them again.  When we get to know God, we want more of Him.  Get to know Him.

Psalm 56:13 NLT
For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping.  So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.

God rescued us.  That is salvation.  He keeps us safe and strong daily, and that is our God who loves us and wants to spend time with us.  Get to know Him even more.

Luke 15:20 NASB
So he got up and came to his father.  But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

The story of the prodigal some tells us a little about how God loves us and how He responds to us when we return home.  He longs for our presence.  God has compassion on us.  He embraces us no matter what we’ve done because we want to return to Him.

Psalm 78:38 NASB
But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath.

We come to know and want His compassion, His forgiveness and His love.  The opposite of compassion is not want we want, but we have experienced it as well.

There is a reward to waiting on and coming back to God.  Claim this with me:

Isaiah 40:31 NASB
Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

My desire is to know God and to spend time with Him.  The more time we spend with God the more we will know Him and want Him. 

Psalm 63:1 NASB
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 42:1 NLT
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.

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