Part Two: Understanding the longing for MORE
The truth sets us free. You have heard that phrase so much it sounds like a cliché, right? But I’ve found nothing is truer—the Truth does set us free! The problem is that so few of us know the truth, that we hardly recognize how bound we are in chains without it. The Bible is said to be the most sold yet least read book in the world. The truth-- with the keys to freedom--is left encased on the nightstand untouched. Without His truth, we remain captive to a lie, missing the life for which we were designed. Without His truth, we continue to hold out our cup to the world, looking for the wrong things to fill us. The world can only guarantee a life of emptiness.
Knowing and claiming the Word allows us to open ourselves up to the freedom we were chosen to walk in. In knowing the Word, you grow to love it.
I can’t tell you how much I love the Word of God, and what it has done for me. It is something that can’t be confined to words, but must be experienced for oneself. I will say that it moves me! Some days to tears, some days to an outpouring of His love, some days to deep healing, but it’s always personal; the more I seek it, the more I long to be in it. It is much like a love affair.
It saddens my heart that I missed it for so many years and that so few people seem to have found it. Psalm 40:1-3 is my life verse (which I couldn’t contain in just one verse!):
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
That’s the sum of my story. While many verses touch where I have been, this one captures it. I have been to the pit, and at times I owned it. Living out of my selfish desires probably sent me to that pit. He says, I will deliver you from the pit, set your feet on a rock and put a new song in your mouth. If you don’t know this truth, how will you ever claim it?
You must know that this journey isn’t always easy, and it is often far from painless, but I can promise you that it is worth it! If it were simple, quick, and painless, would we really have a song of redemption? Would we need a deliverer? No! The joy of the song and the power of the testimony come when we have overcome something through Christ Jesus that we could have never done alone. We find that we are stronger than we imagined we could be, and that surrendering to Him empowers us rather than weakens us. We then become more willing to surrender….more of Him, less of me. As we surrender more to His will and the desires He has set in our hearts, our song comes.
But to abandon our desires, we must understand them, and to understand them we must go to the source of Truth.
I venture to guess that at some point you have struggled with questions like these:
Why do I long to be loved so deeply and unconditionally in a way no man could possibly fill?
Am I needy?
Why do we dream, even as young girls, to be this breathtaking bride gowned as the pure offering to a knight in shining armor?
Why does my heart ache for purpose?
Why do I need more?
God’s Word unveiled allows us to understand our desires and offers us the chance to change our expectations. I have learned that living in false expectations will keep us bound in chains. We're going to explore how to be unchained, how to live in the more that truly reflects the desires of our hearts.
What does God’s Word reveal to us about our desires? Here goes…
I have set eternity in your heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11
What does that mean? Our hearts weren’t designed for this world but for something far greater. It means that as much as we fill ourselves up with this world, we will still be empty without Him because He is eternity and He has set the desire for eternity in our hearts. The more we long for… is He.
I have poured out my love into your heart. Romans 5:5
So our hearts have tasted eternity and are longing to be fully immersed, and now we discover that His love is there also. He deposits a piece of Himself, full of His love, within the depths of our being. This makes more sense when we pair it with the words of Paul defining God’s love:
“May you have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19.
So this love, with heights and depths we can’t comprehend, dwells within us. These words have to touch our hearts on hearing them, but even more when we think of the man who wrote them. Paul, the leading persecutor of Jesus, is transformed through one encounter with Him into a man chained in prison so that we don’ miss the love of God for us. We have the same love of God in us that kept that prisoner free in his spirit.
No knight we dream of could come close to expressing or feeling the love that our hearts long for, and our expectation that he can sets him up for failure. The love we long for…. is He.
We will continue to unwrap the Biblical root to your desires over the next few days, but I want to pause here to exam our heart's desire for love. I remember the greatest day of movement in my spiritual journey was the day I cried out, I don't know that I love you like you call me to, but Father I want to. It isn't perfection that takes us to the heart of the King but PASSION.
I ask this question today, do you love Him? Do you really love Him? Does He consume your thoughts? Do you desire to be in His Presence? Do you thirst for His Word?
If you can't say that you do, I challenge you to stop today and have a heart to heart with your One Great Love! He stands at the door waiting.....
In His Wings,