Have you ever been swept under by a rip tide? Once, when I was swimming not far from the shore, I got caught in a rip tide. It pulled me under and rolled me on the ocean floor. I was completely disoriented. Sand and seawater filled my nose and mouth. All I could think about was breathing. When I finally surfaced, I gasped and choked as my lungs filled with oxygen. I’d been swept so far out that the shore looked miles away. But, I could see my destination and I had oxygen in my lungs—it was all I needed. I began to swim. This incident reminded me of my desperate need for God.

For most of my Christian life I didn’t realize how much I needed Him because I was too independent to even recognize my frailty.

When I began to draw close to Him, I began to experience the reality of His goodness. I realized how ridiculously blind I was to believe I was strong or wise enough to live independent of Him. Now, when I’m without Him, I have that same desperate feeling I had when I was rolled on the ocean floor. God is my oxygen. He orients me to reality and He gives me a crystal clear, eternal purpose. When we recognize that God is our spiritual oxygen—our soul and spirit constantly seek Him. We KNOW we need Him—just like we KNOW we need to breathe!

Isaiah wrote: “With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early.” (Isaiah‬ ‭26:9a)

Do you yearn after God? If we do not long for Him—then we’re being dominated by our body, which is our weakest and most transient part. Our soul and spirit last forever. When we draw close to Him, we realize that He is our life and breath. The Bible says, “In him we live, and move, and have our being.” (‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬a) We will never feel him as “our being” if we don’t seek Him. When we seek Him through learning His Word and obedience, we fall in love with Him! He becomes our spiritual oxygen and the heartbeat of our existence. When we know Him, we desire Him more than anything.

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