in pursuit of . . .

what? What is worth pursuing in this world? or maybe the more relevant question is – what relationship is worth pursuing? who is worth pursuing? The psalmist answered this age old question in this way –

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2)

I’m surprised he didn’t also ask, “Where can I go and meet with God?” When and where can a person meet with God? Inquiring minds want to know. Moses met God in a burning bush and later had to climb up a mountain to meet with God. (talk about your mountaintop experience) But with God’s gift of His Holy Spirit to every believer, the “when” is twenty-four/seven and the “where” is wherever I am at the moment.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.” (Psalm 139:7-12)

These words make it pretty clear to me that the “where” is anywhere and everywhere. The “when”? God is always with me. Jesus even said,

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

So I don’t have to make an appointment. I can talk to my Heavenly Father anytime. Such access! Why don’t I take advantage of it more often than I do? Especially since Jeremiah 33:2-3 tells me –

“This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is His name: Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

A standing invitation from God! How great is that? Calling out to God – my first choice, not my last resort. My Heavenly Father – my first thought, not an afterthought. Seeking out my Creator – not hiding from Him. Like the psalmist said, this is the relationship that will satisfy, this is the relationship for which I was created. The psalmist was longing for this when he said that his soul “thirsted for the living God.” Jesus understood our human thirst, He understood our desire for relationship with our Creator. He told the woman at the well,

“whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)

Today I am not physically hungry or thirsty, but I feel like the psalmist who said his soul was so dry that he was longing for God’s living, life giving water. And God does not disappoint. Jesus said,

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

may Your Presence, Heavenly Father, fill me, fill all my empty spaces, Jesus – You, “who fill everything in every way.” (Ephesians 1:23)

sincerely, Grace Day

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