To learn to desire God, we must understand why He is desirable. The Bible says God is light: “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5b) To prefer light over darkness, we must BELIEVE light is better than darkness–right? Thus, to desire God, we must BELIEVE He is better than the our own will or the ways of the world.

There was a time when I did not passionately desire God. I desired His blessings–but I didn’t want to live close to Him because I knew it meant living in His ways. I didn’t want to give up my own way because my own way seemed better. How did that change? Well, my eyes were opened to God’s goodness. We naturally desire what is good–right? However, as long as we are deceived into believing that God is not good, we will never passionately desire Him. But when we realize that He is the source of all good things, we pursue Him like the best thing we’ve ever wanted!

Then, when we know Him, we don’t ever want anything to come between us. We know that “in Him is no darkness at all,” and it’s the darkness of our sin that separates us from Him–so we want to get rid of it! We know His light is better than darkness and we actively fight against the darkness each time it threatens to creep into our life. It’s a daily battle, but it’s worth fighting when we discover the only relationship that offers us pure goodness.

This world paints a ugly and deceptive picture of God.

God is not a senile old man or a raging judge. He does not wish to make our life miserable with His rules. He does not want us to miss out on all the fun. Rather, He is brilliant beyond our understanding, loving beyond our deepest feeling and more powerful than death. When we discover the magnificence of living in God’s presence, we never want to go back to the terror, desolation, blindness and pain of living without Him!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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