One of, if not the greatest miracle that God does in my life is reveal Himself to me. I don’t deserve it, I don’t earn it, but God truly shows up in my life, as truly as He did to Moses, at the burning bush and on Mount Sinai.
Many situations in my life could have completely stopped me. Quite a few could have even killed me. But somehow in His grace and mercy, God has allowed me to come through these experiences, an humbler, stronger, wiser man with a deeper knowledge and insight into His holy, beautiful, Divine Being.
One of the things that impresses me over and over again about a true relationship with God: is how He wants us to be both spiritually hungry and spiritually satisfied simultaneously. Yes these terms seem contradictory. But I’ve found and discovered many facets of knowing God involve balancing two sides, into one coin.
What can at times seem contradictory, in the mind and economy of God can actually be important, complementary understandings and facets of Truth. In many instances, these seeming differing thoughts are Both aspects of real Divine knowledge, which are important to learn individually. And yet they cannot be correctly understood, without considering the seeming different point of view. Imperfect but relevant examples are: 1- obedience to the law, and justification only through faith; 2- the importance of good works compared to the absolute necessity of Grace alone; 3- the value of being contrite, humble and penitent, considered in context with the healthy purpose of striving for our best, highest and ultimate good; And these are just a few such examples.
The subject on my mind today of seeming juxtaposed thoughts, that can only be understood in respect of each other is how God wants us to be spiritually hungry and thirsty, and yet at the same time without thirst and fulfilled.
Without an Earnest desire to know God, and Desperately Seeking to have God moving actively in our being, experience and whole person; our spiritual life will always be less than it could be. Jesus said that it was as we seek that we will find. It is as we knock that the door, that the door will be opened. God has never promised to give us the deepest aspects of communion with Him, without some sacrificial elements on our part. It’s not that we have to or even could earn them, if we tried… It’s just that God wants to work through the agency of our free will. And He will never force Himself upon us. To a great degree, we can only experience God in correlation to the degree that we want and seek Him.
Here are some verses about this critically important essential of thirsting after the things of God.
Verses on having spiritual hunger
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God
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.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.
Psalms 42:1, New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
But the scriptures also teach that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. In Hebrews 11:6 strange enough, we see this fervent desire and spiritual thirst to know God, always results in such a deep satisfaction of knowing! A knowing so complete that there literally is no more thirst.
Even the thought of thirst is completely driven away and satisfied by the ultimate fulfillment, that God can be in is in our lives. When we seek Him in such a sincere, wholehearted fashion.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.