Adventuring with God is Worth Our Time, Tears and Treasure
Updated: Oct 12, 2019
Years ago, my spiritual walk stunk like a stagnant pond.
In desperation for renewed passion, I responded to an altar call one Sunday morning. As I stood weeping, I told God, “I want more. I want it all.”
I heard Him speak in my heart, “What are you afraid of?”
My first reaction was surprise. “Nothing, God. I really want it all.”
He drew my attention to my fists, clenched at my side. My words said one thing, but my body language spoke the truth.
I was afraid of what receiving “all” would require of me. As I forced myself to release my fists, I first acknowledged the fear, then the hunger. “Yes, I am afraid of what this request means, but I still choose You and whatever You want to give me.”
One truth I have learned, over and over, throughout my Christian walk: There is always “more” in God.
Fact is, He longs to give us our heart’s desire more than we want to receive it.
But it’s worth the plunge. No excuses for being stagnant, or fearful. Honestly, jumping headlong into Jesus, no holds barred, felt like diving off a cliff. Scary as heck, like my heart might stop, and when I splattered on the rocks, my crazy obsession with Jesus would finally be revealed as a farce.
In reality, and only in retrospect, that faith leap was a refreshing free fall straight into His arms.
I discovered “more” is only found in the intimate, secret place with God.
The extra I desired, and pursued with my whole heart, wasn’t out there somewhere. It wasn’t about pursuing my dreams, doing meaningful work, achieving worthy goals or even being in ministry. Worthy aspirations, but they didn’t fully satisfy the longing in my heart.
The “more” is only found in Jesus.
God Satisfies Our Hunger for Him
Hunger for more of God is a natural craving. God has put eternity in our hearts. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.”
Longing for more of Him is a normal outcome of this spiritual deposit. Think about it. In the natural, we have a desire for food which fuels our bodies. If that desire is not slaked, overwhelming physical hunger is the result. Hunger for God is the spiritual equivalent. Our healthy appetite for Him must be satisfied, continuously, not occasionally.
Fasting from His Presence can bring barrenness and hopelessness. If you have fasted from food for even a few meals, the process is similar. Your cravings for food diminish and you begin to not feel the hunger pains.
If you starve yourself of spiritual food for any length of time, you lose your appetite for God. Regular meals, regular times in God’s Presence, in His Word, and with His people, are necessary to be spiritually healthy.
God satisfied my hunger when I was young, and He is still doing it today. What an adventure it has been!
My youthful quest for God was messy, with mis-starts and missteps, but God saw my heart and responded in kindness. Even when the process hasn’t been pretty, He has been faithful.
He will do the same for you.
Whether you are young or old, whether you have already made some big mistakes, or you are just starting your life journey, God wants to adventure with you, beginning right where you are
The Enemy Lies to Us about our Future
Our enemy, the devil, will tell you lies. That is his nature; he is the father of lies. He told me multiple times, and still does, that my fate was to be a failure. He was wrong then and he is wrong now. But I had to learn to recognize and choose God’s truth about myself and put down the enemy’s lies.
Every. Single. Time.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God has a plan for you. He wants to prosper you.
According to Merriam Webster, prosper means “to succeed in an enterprise or activity; to become strong and flourishing; to cause to succeed or thrive.”
God is for us, not against us.
He never wants to harm us. His plan for your life includes hope and a future filled with good things. The journey can seem difficult and fraught with challenges but trust in God, His Word, and His people. He will help you through the gauntlet.
So, are you ready for the adventure?
Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Here are some steps to take to prepare for the exciting journey God has planned for you:
Remember it’s not about you. Focus on self keeps our focus off God, and those He calls us to serve. Eyes on Jesus!
Let Him deal with your stuff. God desires to renovate us from the inside out, bringing health and wholeness to every part. Only He can accomplish this in us, so we must decide to fully cooperate with the Holy Spirit's sanctification process in us.
Prepare your heart. Review these steps to foster a vibrant faith:
Have you believed Jesus is who He says He is -- the Messiah, the Son of God?
Have you asked Him to live in your heart as Lord and Savior?
Do you have a regular time of devotion to pray and feel the Father’s love for you?
Are you developing the gifts and talents God has given you?
Are you aware of the enemy’s tactics to defeat and derail you?
Are you relying on God’s power to defeat the enemy?
Has a solid spiritual foundation been laid in your life?
Are you learning what you believe and growing in your faith?
Are you allowing God to show you anything you need to repent of, then repenting?
Is there anyone you need to forgive?
Have you forgiven them and are you now allowing God to heal your wounded heart and spirit?
Are you walking in obedience to God?
Is there anything God has shown you to do that you haven’t done yet?
Step out in faith. Live the life God designed exclusively for you. Keep moving toward Him. God will direct and redirect you as needed – sometimes asking you to lie down in green pastures for refreshment and rest, sometimes leading you to ford a cascading stream to discover new lands.
Don’t get discouraged in the quest. Adventuring with God is worth our time, tears and treasure. Always.
Your journey of extravagant joy awaits…
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