The Search for More
May 2013: A Word from Dr. Stanley
All over the world, people are searching—for happiness, and love, and fulfillment. But not everyone knows where to look, so they wander from thing to thing, and idea to idea, hoping to land in the right place spiritually.
The Bible points us in the right direction. It testifies that the only way we can satisfy these inner longings is to seek God (Psalm 63:1-5).
We’d all agree that’s true for those who don’t know Christ, but have you ever wondered why a believer would need to seek God? After all, we already have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
But if we’re honest, we don’t always hunger for the Lord or long for His presence, even though our souls are crying out for Him. No, too often our focus is elsewhere.
Some Christians sincerely believe they are seeking the Lord, when in reality they seek only what He can give. Or they have their own ideas about Him but don’t approach God Himself—the Being we encounter in prayer and prayerful reading of Scripture. They come to Him in supplication, expecting His hands to open wide and pour out whatever they’ve requested.
But the Lord isn't just the “source” for our needs; He’s a Person who wants us to know Him.
Are you satisfied by simply being in His presence? Can you, along with David, truthfully say, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You” (Psalm 63:1)?
This kind of bond doesn’t happen automatically once we receive Christ. It’s something we cultivate over time. God is continually pursuing us because He wants us to have a vibrant, growing relationship with Him, but we must respond by seeking Him in return. It’s not in the busyness of service, but in the quiet times alone with the Lord that real spiritual growth occurs.
Over the next few weeks, as you read the articles and devotions in this month's issue of In Touch, listen to what God says in His Word, share your thoughts and feelings with Him, and spend time in private worship and praise. As your relationship with Him deepens, your hunger for Him will grow too.