Longing for the Living God

O God,

You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1

We’re a strange breed…the human race. We want God to fix all our problems, but we live our lives as though He doesn’t exist. We blame Him when the earth is shaken and the floods fill our land, yet we never sought His protection in the first place. We try to remove Him from our schools, eliminate His Commandments from our courts and erase His hand from our history books, but when crisis comes our way, we wonder where He is.

I honestly could go on a political rant right now, but that’s not the purpose of this post. Today, I want to take a few minutes and encourage each of us to seek God’s face…to long for Him.

You see, we are in a weary land and the water of the Word is lacking. We’re a dry and desperate people in need of the Living God. We need His mercy, His power, His presence, His protection and His wisdom. We can’t spend our days denying His reality and expect Him to put the pieces of our shattered world back together.

What we need is a revival of God’s children. We need to have hearts that long for the Living God. Hearts that are willing to be broken for the things that break God’s heart. A people who is willing to repent and return. To run from sin instead of running to it. Those who see that Christ is worth more than anything this world has to offer. Those who will earnestly seek His face, long for His presence and live for His glory.

Then maybe the Lord will give us fresh rain that will refresh our hearts and fill our land with the lush pasture of His presence. But that will only come when we long for the Living God!

“Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture.” Zech 10:1-3

Do you need fresh rain? What Scriptures do you cling to when you’re in a dry and thirsty land? Do you have any prayer requests you’d like for me to pray for?

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  1. You are so right, Stephanie! As God's children, we so need a refreshing rain of His presence, power, and working in our lives. May blessings rain on you today! xoxox

  2. Hi Stephanie. I am really enjoying your blog, and looking forward to your book. Hey, I just got a bad test result, looks like I have Multiple Meyloma (cancer) in a high risk category. I am looking at a complete bone marrow transplant in the next few months if the Lord doesn't intervene. Could use your prayers that God would use all of this for His glory. Am seeking HIM, to see how HE would have me respond. HE has been so sweet, revealing all kinds of wonderful things about Himself to me. He has led me to Ephesians to study through out all of this. Thanks Steph!
    Love, IN Christ, Heather Nelson (Danny's wife from the Costa Rica trip)

  3. Hi Stephanie…It's great to see how God supplies material for you when you make such commitments to encourage 🙂 So happy for you.

    I love this post as it reminds me to stay in touch with Him when I want to worry. My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5 and 6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths. I love this because of the reminder of not trying to “think through it” in our own understanding. I think we tend to take on too much “figuring it out” and not leaning into our faith so God can handle it.

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