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Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).
Two very powerful emotions in human beings are hunger and thirst. They (more than most realities) drive us to work and learn; that we may be productive in life. Many laws governing the earth are best appreciated from the standpoint of desire (hunger and thirst) and satisfaction (needs being met or being fulfilled). Most of our hopes and dreams are fueled by hunger and thirst; be they relationships, education, employment, or social inclusion (wanting others to respect us as we respect them). One might make the argument that hunger and thirst define human destiny more than any other thing.
Do you know that the GOD OF THE BIBLE hungers and thirsts as well (2 Chronicles 16:9; John 4:23-24)? He hungers for you (2 Corinthians 12:14)! He wants your heart; which is the center of your life (Proverbs 4:23; 23:26; 1 Peter 3:4). HE desires that you love Him above all else (Deuteronomy 13:3; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27). He longs to be the reason you do what you do – whether others are looking at you or not. He’s not intimated by your flaws or successes! He is the sole ruler of the universe! No life is beyond His power or grasp! However, He does not force Himself on anybody. He is the epitome (standard) of gentility. He prefers that you seek to know Him and love HIM for who He is (Jeremiah 29:12-13). He responds to deep hunger (Psalm 42:7).
It is unlikely that any human being will truly seek to know and love The God of The Bible for who He is,and not enjoy a genuine relationship with Him; in this life. This should be the mother of all desires! You did not bring yourself to this world! Depending on people as your source (rather than channels) for provision and fulfillment in life is one mistake we should pray heaven never lets us make. Human beings are wired (made) to succeed as partners with God; not to replace Him. Any other approach will eventually lead to disappointment! The journey to making God Almighty the center of your life begins with asking for His help. That means, telling Him that you cannot live or last without Him. Tell Him that you desire to walk with Him and make Him the standard for your life. Tell Him that your desire is that no one else but He gets the glory for every good thing that takes place in your life. Tell Him to help you learn not to blame Him for the mistakes you make (or have made) in life or things you do not understand; but to help you learn from them and trust Him. Above all, tell Him to help you have the right motives (all the time) as you walk with Him. You will be glad you did!