“When our thirsty soul is consecrated to Christ, it drinks from the fountain of faith, hydrated by heaven.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 12, 2022
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
Holy desire has to hear from heaven. There is a devotion and determination to know God in the splendor of His holiness. A soul captured by holy desire is not satisfied until it sees Jesus and the glory of His grace. It is an inner interest in the eternal that is not content with the earthly. Things of earth grow dim as holy desire reverently reaches for heaven.
Jesus says blessing comes when holy desire is the motivation of a life surrendered to Him. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Am I willing to miss a meal so my heart and soul can first be fed by faith? When our soul’s thirsty affections are consecrated to Christ, it has to drink from the fountain of faith and be hydrated by heaven. Holy desire must meaningfully meet God.
Where can we go to meet the Lord? We can meet Him in the privacy of our home or in the public arena of worship at church. We can meet Him in the outdoor sanctuary of His incredible creation or in an indoor prayer meeting. Jesus can be found in a hospital’s intensive care unit, in the maternity ward, or in the humble care of hospice at home.
Meetings with God are only limited by a mind that categorizes Christ into the sacred and the secular. This is why during an intense time of meetings at work you can pray and ask the Lord to give you the love and discipline to serve people well. In your responsibilities at home, you can play worship music and transform your domestic duties into a sacrifice of service to heaven. Holy desire is meant to be integrated into our faith and work life.
The heart of a devoted disciple is captured by divine desire and holy intent. You want to know Him better so you will follow Him better. You want to love Him better so you will love people better. You want to serve Him unselfishly so you will serve others selflessly. You only want Him because you know in your heart this is all you need.
Holy desire is the need-to-know Christ in the middle of suffering, in the mundane activities of everyday life, and on the mountaintop of happiness. Paul expressed it perfectly. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:10–11).
Heavenly Father, align my desires with Your desires, through Christ’s love, and in Jesus’ name, amen.