The Struggle Makes Us Hunger ...

The pressure makes us stronger
The struggle makes us hunger
The hard lessons make the difference
And the difference makes it worth it.
- For Those Who Wait by Fireflight

As the deer pants for streams of water, 
   so my soul pants for you, my God. 
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
   When can I go and meet with God?
Psalm 42:1-2

As females we know what it feels like to long to be wanted, what if I told you that Abba had that same desire for you. Scripture tells us that God is jealous for us. That burning desire you get when a guy you like is flirting with another girl or giving your friend more attention, God too feels that burning jealousy for you and I, except His jealousy is pure. Now don't just read that and be like yeah, sure, He's jealous, He loves us. Let that truth sink it (I know how hard this is, I struggle with this too). God, the all knowing, uncreated, all powerful God of the universe cares about you! He is jealous for YOU! He wants YOU to want Him. You with no power, you who fall short, He wants you. Woah!!! 

In this current season in my life I don't feel God, I know He's there but I don't feel Him. I know His truth but I don't feel any of it & this has been one of the most blessed seasons of my life. For two reasons:

1. When your feelings are out of the picture you get to see what you're really made of. God always knows our hearts, we are pretty good at deceiving ourselves that we're better off than we are. Remove your feelings that are shallow and waver easily and you see a lot more clearly. If you are currently in this season do not run from it, do not seek the emotional high, seek God!

My question for you: are you worshiping the one true God or are you worshiping your experience with God?

2. The struggle makes us hunger. As mentioned before God wants us to want Him. He doesn't want to be some obligation that we do out of guilt, or in order to keep our fire insurance. He wants to be a very real part of our life that we actually want there.

"I thought to myself, 'I would love to treat you as my own children!' I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land--the finest possession in the world. I looked forward to your calling me 'Father,' and I wanted you never to turn from me." - Jeremiah 3:19

What you just read was the heart of your heavenly father, the heart of the God who cares OH SO much about YOU & I. One of my favorite hymn's Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, has a line that I think is so key "Prone to wander God I feel it, Prone to leave the one I love. Take my heart God, come and seal it, seal it for your courts above". We are so prone to wander but God wants to to love Him, He wants us to desire Him. If you are in a season where God seems distant do not run from Him, rather run towards Him. Press in, seek Him & as you stalk out Jesus that cultivation may become hurt, pain, frustration and maybe all three that will cause you to press in even harder and hunger will rise, thirst will rise and when you get there make up your mind to stay there. Refuse to be complacent, makeup your mind that you will be intentional about your relationship with Christ. Stalk out Jesus!!! (I know you ladies have stalked out some boys and maybe currently are, redirect that energy to Christ!)

My question for you: What is keeping you from deeper intimacy with Christ? What is keeping you from that hunger & desire for your Abba?