Isaiah speaks of a longing for God [Isaiah 26:8-9]. The same longing was expressed by David in Psalm 84:2 when he wrote, “My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” [see also Psalm 42:1-2 & Psalm 63:1].
Jesus spoke about this same longing, when He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled”[Matthew 5:6] and similarly in John 7:37 when He cried out, “Let any man who is thirsty come to me and drink.” Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit [John 7:38-39]. The hungry soul who longs for righteousness will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Many years ago I was desperately aware of my need for something more of God than I had experienced. I went to several places and spoke with different people about this longing, but was always disappointed. I was searching for about four years until one day I heard a simple Baptist preacher speaking about Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Church – “That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” [Ephesians 3:19]. I shared with this man my longing and he agreed to meet me later that evening. When we met he gave me a word of prophecy and then told me to stay where I was until the Holy Spirit filled me. Hours went by. I stood up, knelt down, and lay down repeatedly, just waiting. Then God came. He came as a bright light and overwhelmed me with His presence. I was prostrate before Him and experienced something like liquid love just filling me in wave after wave. Later that day I heard the Holy Spirit say, “That was the easy part but now walk in the Spirit!” My life has never been the same since.
Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest of preachers, said that the prayer that was most often on his lips was, “Create within me Lord a soul thirst for you.” Would you today ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for Him?
God has made it clear that we should seek Him but sometimes it is a real battle. What are some of the things that hinder you from seeking God?