WHERE IS THE PASSION?
On this Valentines weekend we think of love and passion for those dear to us. How is your passion for God? Do you have a thirst for more of God? Do you have a burning desire to be nearer to Him? If so, you might be willing to pay any price necessary to quench your thirst.
He is calling for greater intensity in our relationship with Him. It brings Him pleasure to know that people still exist who want to know Him so badly that they will do whatever is necessary to fulfill that longing to be near Him. God is not interested in half-hearted searching. Listen to this…"Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually." 1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV
You can experience His presence right here and right now. He is waiting for you to pursue Him. The promise to you is that God-chasers will be God-finders. Here is how...
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me
with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 ESV
(Excerpt from the book Encounter - Passionately Pursuing God’s Manifest Presence)
"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you." Jeremiah 29:12 ESV.
These are the conditions to seeking God and finding Him.
You must take the initiative and cry out, out loud. It is not something you do in your head but with your voice.
"Then come to God." That means to move toward, go after Him in worship, prayer, and pursue Him.
Then, Jeremiah says, "pray." That is to intervene, interpose, intercede, or supplicate to Him and then He will listen, attend with interest and give heed to hear, answer, and grant your request. This is the Biblical principle. We must draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 ESV. God’s promise to you continues in this verse. When you require, or desire, to find, to seek, secure, or to seek the face of God it is for a purpose. It is to find Him—to secure, acquire, receive, meet, discover, and encounter God.
The Lord promises His people “a future and a hope” earlier in this passage (Jer 29:11). But this promise is based on a passion for His presence. The word “search” suggests an earnestness that borders on desperation, a diligent pursuit of God. You see, He is a rewarder of those that desperately, and diligently seek Him with all their heart. When you search, require, and enquire of God with every part of your heart, He is the rewarder and the reward.
About this scripture Jack Hayford said, "The passionate pursuit of anything seems foreign to our modern culture that cloaks itself in a carefree nonchalance. But God’s Word shows us the desire of His people to seek Him. Psalm 84:2 declares, “My soul longs, yes, ... my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
The pressure of a sinful world and the unrelenting yearning of our flesh squelch our passion for Him yet we carelessly attempt to saunter in. But for those whose hearts are on fire for God, there can be no force of flesh or devil that can prevent our finding the Lord’s grace, which will bring us “a future and a hope.”
I encourage you today ask the Holy Spirit to turn up the furnace of your heart and increase your passion for Him. Don’t be negligent but diligent, not indifferent but passionate for a greater connection with our loving Heavenly Father.