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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Hungering For God's Will"

Date published: 03/02/2015
Mark 2:3-5 “Some men came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’" (NIV)

I wrote not long ago about the faith these men exhibited in believing that Jesus could heal. There is another character trait these men exhibited that every follower of Christ should have – an urgency and dedication to seek God. Our world values the self-made person. If you do not have it and want it, then make it happen. Who needs God in such an environment? In 2 Chronicles 18:3-4 we see how Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, urged the king of Israel to first seek the Lord’s counsel, “Jehoshaphat replied, ‘I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will join you in the war.’ But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, ‘First seek the counsel of the LORD.’” (NIV) You would think one king to another would want to clearly demonstrate his machoism, yet Jehoshaphat knew the importance of seeking God. The men carrying the paralytic could have pursued other options, but they were willing to go to any length to get to Jesus. How hungry are you for God’s answers? How committed are you to your life being a work of God or merely a display of your ingenuity and talents? Are you like the deer panting for water in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?” (NIV) Every day your life is filled with questions, the need for direction, and life choices that can be pursued apart from God or with Him. Let your decisions be made in the face of God. Pursue God to know His will and to understand His ways. Treasure the Words of God as described in Job 23:12, “I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.” (NIV) So when you receive His Word, you can go forward in the confidence expressed in Jeremiah 15:16, “When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear Your name, O LORD God Almighty.” (NIV) There is nothing more secure and satisfying than walking in the ways of the LORD! 

Isaiah 55:8-9 "’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (NIV)

Do you know someone who needs this message on seeking God’s will and direction? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help you hunger more for God: “Deeper With God",  “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.” 

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