- October 5, 2020
- Posted by: scarlett
- Category: Uncategorized
Personally, after Jesus, David is the most fascinating person in the Bible and I’m not saying this because He was an expert at killing things that were probably a billion times bigger than Him. He fascinates me because of his desire and passion for God. David was passionate about a lot of things- Bathsheba, his sons, his people, all of which paled in comparison to his passion for God.
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
I realized something from this verse- all of David wanted God. His Spirit, referring to the ‘I’ in the passage (the true David), His Soul, and His body?
How does one live their life with such an enormous passion for God that everything else becomes less significant in comparison? How can all of a person want all of God?
Yet that is the life that David lived that earned him a title no one else in the Bible was given- a man after God’s heart.
Do you want God to consider you as a person after his own heart? Stick around as I take you through the ultimate guide to desiring God passionately
IGNITING YOUR DESIRE AND PASSION FOR GOD: AN ULTIMATE GUIDE
1. Pursue Him Passionately
You must first understand that this is a love affair, and there must be passion.
It is very possible for you to love someone and not be passionate about them. Can I get an Amen from the love birds?
Have you ever met a girl in love?
She’s not a crazy stalker but a day technically becomes the worst day of her life if the guy she loves doesn’t text her or disappears without explanation. She starts to panic, “doesn’t he care?”
If he just texts her saying “Hey love!” before she goes to bed, her insides will melt and she will have nothing but sweet dreams that night. That same girl will not react that same if she doesn’t hear from a friend in a day. It’s not like as if she doesn’t love her friend too, her passion for her guy makes the difference.
Are you passionate about your dreams and goals in life? How hard do you chase after those dreams? Do you spend sleepless nights, working hard to achieve them? Or do you just lazy away, doing nothing about them? (If you’re a lazy person naturally, do not answer😉).
If you are that passionate about your dreams, how much more passionate should you be for the person who gives those dreams and desires? If you read all the business books you can lay your hands on when you’re about to start that business that you’ve had on your heart, how much more the Bible?
Have you read the book Songs of Solomon in the Bible? In the midst of the impressive literary construction of the book is one central theme- the Passion between the two lovers. It’s so beautiful to see the longing they have for one another and the way they see each other- that’s pure passion.
I never used to understand why a book like Songs of Solomon would be in the Bible until I went on a date with God and he revealed Himself to me as my lover. He said,
“You’re surprised I call you my lover but are you not my bride, and I your bridegroom?”
Between true lovers, there is never a lack of passion and desire for one another and God wants us to have that passion for him. He wants us to love Him above all others, above everything. We are to pursue God with passion with that same desire that David had.
You need to understand that this is a love affair, what you have going on with God. You must pursue Him passionately!
When your heart is so consumed with desire for God, that your waking desire every day is to be with Him and live for Him, then you can say you love him passionately. Then, you like Paul can say “To live is Christ and to die, is gain”
2. Counting the cost
Of course, your passionate pursuit of something is a revelation of the pricelessness of that thing. I honestly don’t like to sing songs without truly considering the meaning. So for instance in the song,
“I wouldn’t trade you for silver or gold”
The songwriter has carefully considered what it means to have silver or gold and decided that he wouldn’t trade God for all that. Sometimes we just like to sing the songs without meaning but how about we pause when singing songs like this and consider the meaning before we sing it,
Question: What is silver and what is gold?
Do you know what it means to want money, to be literally helpless because you can’t afford to have that thing? Yet when you are singing this song, you are saying that you would give money a hard pass if it means that you can have Him.
Paul said in Philippians 3:7-8 (paraphrased) that he has carefully weighed his options, considering the things that used to be of so much value to him and he counts it all as garbage, so he could gain Christ.
Can we honestly say that we want God more than all these things, like if he decided to not give you a good result, a great job, money, power, fame, success, and more, would you still be content knowing that you have just Him? Is God enough for you? Do you count everything else as garbage? Do you desire God to that extent?
“…Simon, son of Jonas, Lovest me now more than these…? – John 21:16 (Insert your name and answer)
What things do you consider very important to you, put them on the scale of your heart, and measure it against your love for God, what will you find? What are you more passionate about?
“If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.”- Luke 14:26
It’s even hilarious to think that Jesus would say you should hate your family to love Him because He obviously didn’t mean you should hate them. But that strong word was used by Him to show that in comparison, measuring your love for the people that matter to you and your love for Jesus, your love, your passion for Jesus should be so strong that your love for family should look like hatred, in comparison.
please and please, I am not saying you should hate your family or show them less love because you love God. All, I’m saying is that God must have first place.
It’s extremely sad to know that we value and desire others more than we desire God. Some of us will run everywhere and do almost everything possible to gain the approval of men. We are so passionate for men to recognize us, we want their love. But in John 5:41-44, Jesus is saying that if we have the love of God in our hearts, if we are passionate about Him, we won’t even care about the approval of men, like Him.
41“Your approval means nothing to me,
42 because I know you don’t have God’s love within you.
43 For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them.
44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. (John 5:41-44) [a]
This post is a call for us to ask God to examine our hearts and evaluate if our passion for God is our drive in this life or we are driven by other things. Don’t be ashamed at what we find, just simply cry out to God and tell him to help you desire him above every other thing in your life.
Please let me know what you think about these two points in the comments section, and how it applies to you. Please let’s talk.
I’ll stop here for now till the next blog post. We are in no way done with this… if you found this helpful, don’t forget to share it, you may never know who needs it!
Never forget that He loves you and always will.