“What we hunger for is evidence of what we believe can fill us.”
I knew my pastor’s sermon this morning wouldn’t be satisfied staying on my sheet of notes. My mind wouldn’t rest until I grabbed a pen and piece of paper.
Do I hunger for things other than God hoping they will fill me like only He can?
Prayer request after prayer request filled line after line:
– Kylie is fighting a tummy bug. I want her to feel better.
– I want my boys to have fun as they grow up, but I want them to be safe. Adventure and safety are a hard balance for eleven and eight year old boys.
I think the things I hunger for are pleasing to God, but I know me.
My prayer requests might as well read…
I hunger for a plan.
I hunger for security.
I hunger for protection and purpose.
I hunger for safety and success.
I hunger for good health for me and my family.
I hunger for my questions to be answered.
Do these requests wet your appetite? Do you hunger for significance? Intimacy? Something or someone to satisfy your deepest needs for good?
In my attempt to re-word my prayer requests to make me feel like I hunger for God, God whispered, “Stop, put your pen down.”
I picked up my bible and found where I left off on my reading plan in Exodus.
Moses is trying to figure out the details of God’s plan for him and God’s people.
If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.
Moses must have been filled with a holy anticipation. Exodus 33:11 says, “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” Moses experienced an intimacy with the Lord, and he wants more. He wants to know God more. He wants to know what’s next and how can he keep this favor shown to him
Then I discovered why God had me put my pen down.
The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
From Moses to me, God continues to speak.
He whispered to me as I sat with my bible open:
This is going to be a dance, you and Me.
A day-to-day, beautiful dependence on Me.
You will dance freely and gracefully. You will enjoy it and be filled, but you need to remain in My arms.
I lead. You follow.
I am not handing you a set of instructions to follow. I don’t need you to memorize or stress over the steps I want you to take.
Come to Me, lean in, and dance.
Moses’s response to God’s offer of Himself left me with a fresh perspective to wrap my prayer requests in:
If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?
If my prayer requests are answered, would others be able to distinguish me from all the other people on the face of the earth?
Do I desire a life that is set apart, holy, one that brings glory to God, or do I desire God’s favor to guarantee the safe and secure life I want?
If I am not careful, I might just live the secure life I hoped for and waste opportunities to glorify God because I hunger for God’s presents and not His presence.
Pray boldly with me.
I don’t want to speak, serve, eat, work, enter into, go around, above, beyond, under, or pray for anything that God’s presence is not in.
I want others to know that I spend time with God without me saying it out loud. I want my life to be set apart, holy. I want my hunger to know God rise above my hunger for His blessings.
What will distinguish us from all the other people on the face of the earth?
The only one who can is Jesus Christ.
His love. His power. His faithfulness.
What do you hunger for?
Have you found this world to be short of satisfying time and time again?
Are you ready to draw close to Jesus and dance?