Donald Whitney, in his power-packed little book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, reminds us that such hungering and thirsting is a sign of spiritual health and growth. He adds that God is the only “thing” in this world that can truly satisfy our heart’s deepest yearning. And yet, in an almost contradictory way, the more of God we experience, the more of God we want. Our desire or longing for God is never satiated by “the getting.” In fact, it’s just the opposite… the more of God we get the more deeply we desire him.
Folks will sometimes tell me that they “believe in” God (I assume they tell me this in an effort to convince me that their spiritual state is just fine and that I don’t need to bother them with pastor-type stuff). What’s so interesting is that quite often it comes across as though they think they’re doing God a favor by condescending to believe in his existence. But the real question is not primarily “belief in God.” James reminds us that the demons “believe in God” and shudder and tremble from that belief.
The real questions are: Do you desire God? Do you long for God? Do you hunger and thirst for God? Do you love God and want to love him more? Do you want more of God in your life?
St. Augustine said that we are all restless until we find our rest in God. All other pursuits are insufficient. They will not deliver true fulfillment, peace, joy, etc., because they cannot. They are literally unable to do so.
Do you hunger and thirst for God? Even the recognition that you don’t is a step in the right direction. To pray for the desire to desire God must certainly be pleasing in God’s sight and a sure sign that he is at work in your life.
Truth and Joy,