Is something missing in life? What is ‘that thing’ deep within us that makes us ‘feel’ like there is a void or like some dots are not connecting? Why does it seem there is more to ‘this God’ we ‘say’ we believe in, and we can’t quite put our finger on it? Sometimes the hunger becomes so intense that we hope no one around us can ‘hear our stomach growl’. It is almost like something within us is restless and is yearning for an answer, a yearning for more. More of What?
That ‘feeling’ we may have is just that, a ‘feeling’. We may not be able to put into words that ‘deep is calling out to deep’ inside of us. It may ‘feel like’ something is missing, but the reality is that everything we could ever possibly need is already deep within us. His name is Jesus. He is the LIGHT that shines in darkness, ‘even if’ the darkness does not perceive it, it is still there. (ponder that for a moment).
A couple things can bring on this hunger, pain and “the lure”. Pain brings it on when our circumstances overwhelm us (just like in Psalm 142), and we cry out for someone else to meet the need. The ‘lure’, is just that, a lure from the one within us creating a hunger to want more. It is HE that is creating this desire for more and allowing us to ‘experience’ discomfort or discontent! Discontent is not always a bad thing. It could be authored by your loving Saviour to draw you into him more and more.
Today, recognize the ‘deep’ within you. Is Deep calling out to Deep in your soul? What is your response? Consider today, that He does work ‘all’ things together and the journey you are on, is just that, a journey. He is walking it with you and ‘in you’. Imagine recognizing moment by moment his presence in you, especially when the pain of life attacks and rips away all your self-sufficiency.
Verses For The Day
Psalm 42 – the entire Psalm, focus on vs7
John 7:37-38 (The Message) On the final and climactic day of the Feast, Jesus took his stand. He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.”
Lastly, the reminder of ‘who’ it is that is creating the hunger….
Philippians 2: 12-13 12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Questions for the Day:
1. Looking back in life, can you see how God ‘may have’ been prompting you already?
2. How have you tried to ‘meet your own thirst’ needs in the past.
3. How do your own ways of getting your needs met, compare with how God may be trying to meet your needs?
4. Re-read the Phlippians passage, what does it say about ‘where the hunger comes from” and who will meet the need?
5. Do you believe the Bible? Do you believe what these two passages say? If so, how will you view internal yearnings differently now?
Video Of The Day
All Who Are Thirsty – Vineyard Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K71EYID22l4
Heavenly Father, please open my eyes to see that it is in fact you creating this hunger deep within me to ‘know you more’. Show me how to respond. Reveal to me the power of your love and show me how to trust you on this journey of growing deeper in grace! Today, I will look for you within me….let me see you please!