HUNGER FOR GOD

HUNGER FOR GOD

Nancy,

Your highest calling—and mine—is to hunger after God. Pascal called it the “God-shaped vacuum.” The Westminster Catechism/Confession states it this way: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” Jesus calls it the Great(est) Commandment: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart/soul/mind/strength/being/focus/passion/…” [Matt. 22:37-40 & parallel passages] Paul quotes one of the Greek poets to express it: “In him we live & move & have our being.” To paraphrase that, He is the atmosphere we live in & are unaware of 99.9% of the time, & which is our essence within & without. He is all we could ever hope for, & without Him we are totally lost. He is the one to whom Peter pointed when Jesus asked if he & the other close disciples would also leave when most everyone else was turning away, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life!” (That kind of life that has the quality of being worth living eternally.)

Nancy, there can be no greater calling in your life than HUNGER FOR GOD. That calling alone can eclipse & encompass all others. It is the “One Thing” we are called to in Ps. 27:4 (“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may behold the beauty of the Lord & dwell in his temple all the days of my life….”) and Luke 10:42 (“…one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better/best thing, & it will not be taken from her.”) as well as one or two other places.

One of the central beatitudes (BE-ATTITUDES) [in Matt. 5:3-12] is the blessing promised to those who hunger & thirst for righteousness (= right standing/relationship with God & of course flowing out of that, w/ other people) FOR THEY WILL BE FILLED.

Yet, as in this life, every “filling” of food & drink, every satisfaction of hunger & thirst, is only temporary. The truth we fail to see is that this is a picture of eternity also, b/c even though we will be satisfied there as we cannot here, there will always be MORE! …

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