“Daily Desperation For Almighty God”
NIV- As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
NLT- As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?
I was reading a devotional this morning and the author used the word “Desperation” describing how our longing and panting for God should be each day. It really caught my attention and I looked at both the NIV and NLT translations and wanted to use them both for this week. I think about how we do or do not find ourselves longing or even panting desperately for God.
If we are really honest with ourselves, I think most of us find ourselves often longing and even panting for whatever is next to give us another “high” of what the world offers. With all the ads and invitations we constantly see and how we really long for the next great thing the world offers, we often get pulled away and enticed instead of truly longing and thirsting for what only God offers.
We so often get so busy with our daily lives that we forget how desperate we should be for God. As you can tell, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve sent out a devotional. We just got done selling a house and buying one in the same town. For the past couple of weeks, I kept thinking about how I need to get another devotional out, but allowed myself to be consumed by everything else as we’ve worked on getting settled.
So the case and point right there is that I longed and desired to send out another devotional and then ended up reading this morning about being desperate. That hit home! We so often get wrapped up in what we think is important and often forget what is really important and that is meeting with Almighty God and seeking Him above all else.
When was the last time you and I found ourselves really longing and even panting desperately for God? We should be this desperate each and every single day, not just when we become drained from the pull of the world that leaves us dry. We should develop a daily desperation to seek God like we’ve never done before.
I hope and pray that we are all encouraged this week and in the coming days, weeks, months and years to daily become desperate to seek Him like we have never done before! We need daily desperation for Almighty God! Our souls should long and pant for God in desperation to meet with Him!