Imagine an athletic track event. The sprinters are ready. SNAP! The gun sounds. They are off. —Now at this point meander is not a word to describe the sprinters.
Imagine awaking to flames in your bedroom. Do you slowly drag yourself out of bed?
From sports to danger to hunger to love to money, it is easy to imagine many reasons for people to be passionate. But we often forget that God wants us to passionate about knowing Him. Of course, we would admit intellectually that we should be passionate about Him, but we often are not as focused on Him as we ought. These thoughts came to me as I was meditating on Psalm 27.
Perhaps our forgetting that we desperately need God is one reason why God allows difficulties.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
But how should such difficulties affect me? God may allow fearful things to come my way for what purpose?
Consider the following ways we can respond to troubles:
Passionate desire for Him:
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD,
and to enquire in his temple.
Dependence for protection:
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion:
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me;
he shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:
therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy;
Songs of praise:
I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice:
have mercy also upon me,
and answer me.
I’ve been a Christian many years; but often the following is not my passionate focus:
Psalm 27:8, 13
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
This year let us respond to our difficulties with a passionate focus on the LORD.