But an Echo
If I have any hunger for the Lord, any desire to pursue Him, I know it’s only an echo of His desire for and pursuit of me. I’ve heard many people talk about God’s absence. Many feel their longing for Him goes unanswered. But I am here to attest to the fact that if there’s any hunger in my mortal frame, it’s because He is allowing His own passion to reverberate like an echo within my frame.
In my life, I have at times believed that I was being mistreated and abandoned in my need by God. I felt as if my desire was left wanting. There was nothing further from the truth though. My hunger is predicated on His own desire for me. Nothing God-pursuant originates from me.
His Desire and Passion Echoes Through Me
I feel like I have written about this before, but it can never be stated too much. Knowing this is a tremendous comfort: my desire is only an echo of His desire. If I desire God, it’s the reflection of His desire for me. And when my heart embraces His desire, I receive His love. This makes the moments of waiting more palatable. Waiting in desire is merely His desire waiting in me. My faith united with His desire leads to fulfillment. This can silence my soul-bruises and whining suspicions of Him. I am loved because I desire Him! And the evidence of this rests in the echoes of His desire, in me.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us…
1 John 4:10 NIV
We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19 NKJV