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The Passion for Seeking (“God’s Passion, My Passion” Devotional)

God’s Passion: 

O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. 
– Song of Songs 2:14

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
– Zephaniah 3:17

My Passion: 

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
– Psalm 42:1-2

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
 – Luke 24:28-34

God’s passion for seeking me

God is passionate about people, and His love is fiery.  Like a lover desires to see his lover, a father adores seeing his child, and a friend delights in seeing his friend, our God is passionate about seeing your face and hearing your voice.  God created us to be with Him, which is His deepest desire. The first mention in the Bible of God having to seek people was in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve had to hide behind the trees after they sinned against God.  But God searched for them, called them out of the bushes, and clothed them the garments of skins.  Our sins separated us from God, but it did not stop God from seeking us and giving us the way to seek Him and draw near to Him.  For that purpose, He gave His only begotten son.  He is mighty to save.  He shatters the barriers and shackles of sin so that we can be called righteous and come unhindered to God.

My passion for seeking God

God’s heart is most satisfied when we have the same desire to seek and know Him. In fact, deep down inside of us is the desire and need to seek God and have a relationship with Him. Because He created us to be with Him. Therefore, Psalm 42 says:  – 

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”   

Our soul finds rest, peace, and strength in the presence of God. And the fire in our hearts can be rekindled. Like the two disciples on their way to Emmaus in Luke 24. When the resurrected Lord Jesus was with them and explained the Scriptures to them, their hearts were burning within them. And they could rise and return to Jerusalem, bringing the good news of Jesus’ resurrection to the disciples! Our passion for God can only be rekindled when we return to the Great Shepherd and Lover of our soul, and allow Him to speak to us.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). This is the promise we can hold on to. 

Prayer: 

Dear Lord, You are a busy God, yet you are so passionate about seeking me and delight in seeing my face and hearing my voice every day.  Thank you for the blessing that I can come before you.  Deepen that desire in my heart to have the same passion to seek You, listen to Your words, and live with You. 


 
“Lord, I Need You”
by Matt Maher
 
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You


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