God, I long for you. My soul thirsts for you. – Psalm 63
The demonstrative actions of love often begin with a far more fickle thing: want. And in this way, a Christian’s pilgrimage begins with a simple question; do I want God to be part of my life? But more than just a starting point, this question is with us from beginning to end, because wanting someone doesn’t just launch a relationship, it helps sustain it as well.
Whether it’s with a spouse, a friend, a colleague or God the basics of relationships don’t change. When we want someone it’s obvious, we draw close to them and look for ways to include them in our daily lives. Conversely, our lack of desire for another person causes us to stop pursuing them and leads to distance.
As trite as it may seem, it’s important to be honest with yourself about this very basic question: do you want God in your life? Not overall. Not in general. Not have you or will you. But right here, right now, in this moment. Despite how you feel about yourself, your circumstances or your sense of worthiness. Do you want God?
To be clear, God’s love for you isn’t dependent on your love for him. But the joy, peace and power he provides is best found in the chase.
This week, practice a rhythm of wanting God. Welcome his presence into your life each morning. Seek his guidance throughout the day. Speak to him like a friend and invite him to speak to you as one.