Belief Is Not Enough
Simply believing in God, call it trust or faith, is not enough for the disciple. God can be too much like a concept, idea or philosophy. No, the disciple wants a living, breathing relationship with God, one that is personal and intimate. We don’t want to follow at a distance but rather walk hand in hand with our Lord.
For myself, I want to cultivate something of a lover’s passion for my God so that I am lonely without him, yearn for his company, daily think his thoughts, run to him for comfort and with him celebrate the joys that I experience in life.
When I approach my home after being away I look forward to being with my wife. I want to experience that same attraction when I go to God’s house, or open his word, or enter into my den of prayer. I desire to have that desire. But even more I long to feel that God is always near, beside and within me through his Spirit.
So I will search and pray for that assurance. I am too easily pleased with things done well and not superbly. I pray for the fervor of knowing my Savior and my God.