Do you have an appetite for learning? God would have us always desiring to know Him more and better.
26 The appetite of laborers/learners/students works for them; their hunger drives them on.
Our desire to know The LORD comes from the Spirit within us. He gives us first the desire to know Him and then the power to do His will. “for it is God/Jesus/Spirit who works in you to will [desire] and [the power] to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13.
This desire is what drives us to seek Him, to follow Him, and to be like Him. “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18. It also keeps us from slipping morally, ethically, and spiritually. What we don’t realize is that the tendency of this world is to degenerate–it’s dying. We must always be vigilant about our relationship/walk with the LORD. The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep them from going down to the grave.” Proverbs 15:24. The Christian life is much like paddling upstream. If we stop paddling, even for a moment, we lose momentum and then begin to drift backwards.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6. This promise is our starting point for every quiet time with the LORD. We must determine in our hearts that He is worth seeking. Once we do that, the Holy Spirit will lead us into prayer (conversation with God; intimate communication), Bible study, Christian fellowship, service, and worship; He will lead us out of sinful habits, away from the influence of sinful people, and into the light of His love.
How much does God love us? Consider this:
The End of Entropy
It is my belief that when sin entered the world, God enacted the second law of thermodynamics, which is for everything to degenerate (die). He did this not as a curse, but as a result of the removal of the Holy Spirit from the physical universe. I doubt if Satan knew about the law, and when he took over Eden, he found out too late that it would happen. It is God’s safeguard that Satan would not rule forever and that we would not be forever bound in a sinful state. Death is, indeed, our enemy, but it also gives us the opportunity to be free. Only GOD could work such an ingenious plan! It is what Aslan* refers to as “the deeper magic.”
Even deeper is the mystery of Salvation through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is through His death that we can have new life! As we look into the life of our Savior, we gain knowledge of His love, His grace, and His Plan for us. At the same time, we gain wonder, amazement, awe, and gratefulness. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1a.
Today, if you are prompted, read Ephesians 1:1-10. You will find that we are:
- Lavished with Grace
- Redeemed and Forgiven
- The recipients of His glorious plan “to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” v.10
If you keep reading, you will find that we are marked in Him with the seal of the Holy Spirit, who is our deposit guaranteeing our inheritance with Christ (v. 13-14).
God has great plans for us. Let’s dig into His Word and find out what they are!
Abba, as I read Your Word, I hear Your voice as You call my attention to different aspects and nuances of meaning. You help me to piece together with other Scriptures Your wonderful truths. You haven’t hidden them from me; it’s just that I am only maturing at a certain rate which You know, and You only reveal that which I can grasp. Thank You that You are such a wonderful TEACHER! I have that in writing in John 14:26! Lead me, LORD, and I will follow. Amen.
*Aslan is the representative lion-figure of Jesus in, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C.S. Lewis.