A Deeper Longing for God

“It sounds extreme, perhaps unrealistic, but followers of the New Way want to know God more than they want anything else. Delightful children who love them; close friends they can trust; honor for what they do; success in family, job, and ministry; an experience of adventure and wonder as they live their lives—all desires, but all second thing passions. No blessing matters more to these people than the Blessing of Encounter.” (Larry Crabb. The Pressure’s Off. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2002, p. 103.)

My journey of the last eighteen years has, I believe, been God graciously at work to develop in me a taste for Himself by allowing many other arenas of my life to become less enthralling. It has felt like I’m learning to “seek first God’s kingdom” because many of my other life pursuits are faded in comparison. As our passion for God Himself grows, all other passions seem much less sweet.

Lord, I pray with David:

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you,

my body longs for you,

in a dry and weary land

where there is no water.

(Psalm 63:1 NIV)