Why We Need to Pursue God

Being hungry for God and his Word need to be a daily part of the disciple's life.

For the most part, wanting more of something is considered negative. To want more money, food, shoes, or success signals that we are not content with what we have. There is one area of life, however, where wanting more is a very good thing—wanting more of God.

The problem is we are usually content with how much of God we have. We are happy to know that he loves us and that we will go to heaven when we die. We might sing a worship song along that theme, but rarely do we feel hungry for more of God. So we relegate our spiritual life to a corner while we pursue relationships, achievements, and enjoy the world around us. Only when a crisis hits do we even realize how distant we are from him.

The constant presence of God is promised to every one of his children. However, you can be in the same room with Jesus and be completely unaware of his presence. God’s abiding Spirit can be crammed so far in the corner of your heart that you hardly know he’s there.

The Hungry Are Fed

God said to the nation of Israel, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV). Some of the Psalms express a desperate desire for God’s presence, comparing the longing for God to panting for water in a desert, but how can you make yourself desire more of God?

A great woman of the faith, Eugenia Price wrote, “My need is the most glorious possession I have outside of Christ himself.” Have you ever considered being desperate for God as a precious gift to be sought?

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Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery is a TCW regular contributor and blogger. A widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and broadcast media professional, she co-founded Authentic Intimacy and is the co-author of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?

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