Fill me with joy in your presence

images-103Transformation of desire is at the heart of spiritual change.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13).

  • God’s kingdom is always challenging the desires that preoccupy everyone (Matthew 6:32-33).
  • God is always calling us to more noble and lasting passions.

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased” (C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory).

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world” (C. S. Lewis).

Faith in Jesus Christ is not merely an agreement with facts about God and Jesus. It’s a matter of appetite and longing; hunger and thirst; satisfaction and fulfillment in the One who is the bread of life. It’s a satisfaction of our deepest longings and needs.

Our hearts will remain hungry until they find satisfaction in God; Our souls thirsty until quenched by God.

Yet, In this life, we can only be satisfied with unsatisfied satisfaction.

We can taste and see that the Lord is good, but we must repeatedly return to the same source in our hungering and thirsting.

  • The Psalmist said to God, “You make known to me the path of life;
 you will fill me with joy in your presence,
 with eternal pleasures at your right hand” (Psalm 16:11).
  • “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2).
  • “Whom have I in heaven but you?
 And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail,
 but God is the strength of my heart
 and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26).

Steve Cornell

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