Friday, November 1, 2013

"Need Him Or Want Him?"

"Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore." Psalm 105:4
There is absolutely no doubt that we need the Lord. Even if we say we don't, that is not true. We have nothing, can do nothing, and are nothing without Him. He supplies all our needs, not ourselves. I don't supply my own oxygen. I don't supply my own salvation. Everything I have comes from Him. But He is more to me than just the One who gives me what I need. He is also my desire- I want Him. 
When you go to God in prayer, do you go only because you "need" Him? Do you go to Him strictly because you know He has the answer to your problem? Do you turn to Him only when you are in trouble and need His help? Or do you seek Him because you "want" Him? Do you turn to Him because He is your desire? Do you enjoy spending time with Him and not asking Him for anything? There is a difference. 
We should go to Him when we have a need. We should go to Him with our problems. We should look to Him for answers. But if that is the only reason you go to Him, then you are in a "sad" way. You are missing out on a wonderful relationship He desires to have with you. You are missing out on the abundant life. You are missing out on the joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. You are missing the great experience of His Presence in a deeper way. You are missing the greater depth of His love and grace that He wants to bestow on you. 
So, which are you? The one who turns to Him only because you need Him? Or the one who turns to Him because you not only need Him but want Him?
Have a great day. We all go to God because we need Him, but do we go to Him because we want Him?
For further reading:
Philippians 3:10
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