As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”_
Psalms 42:1-2 NKJV
– To pant is to take short or quick breath out of exertion or excitement.
– Panting is when you breathe heavily, breathe hard, breathe quickly, puff, huff, buff, sigh, gasp or heave.
Just like any human, the deer needs water to live, therefore after going for a while it thirsts for the same water that enabled it with strength to step out in the first place. Just like the deer, there comes moments in our lives when the yearning and thirst for God becomes very intense and at that moment nothing satisfies except God.
The pseudo-spiritual will suggest that you never have to come to the point in life when you need God so much because you ought to carry Him with you every time; that is simply rhetorical.
Practically, after doing even “spiritual exercises,” like preaching, praying, ministering to others in prison or hospitals, you feel the dryness and the need to refill.
Anytime you feel an emptiness or a strong desire, hunger or thirst for God, it’s not because God has moved away from you.It’s an acknowledgment that God is your source and that you depend on Him.
If for a long time you have not craved for God, it means something else or someone has become your hope and confidence and that will soon crash.
Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God
Psalms 146:3-5 NLT
If you ever feel God is far away from you, you ought to ask “who moved”?
Just like the streams of water, God never moves, it is us humans who move away from him, hence we have to return to him.
Sometimes when we return to the LORD, we may gulp for a short time and return to the business he assigned us.
Whereas other times when we return unto to the LORD, we will tarry long in His presence until he dismisses us.
Do not be in a hurry to get out of his presence…
Ecclesiastes 8:3 AMP
What defines where your heart is and how far you may travel with God is the desire to return to Him at all times.
The blessings and the people God placed in our lives can never and must never replace our deep thirst and hunger for God.
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.
Jeremiah 17:5-10 NLT
May you desire more of God and less of anything or anyone.
May your expectations of God never be cut in the Name of Jesus.
Evangelist Elvis Eben-Baffour
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