As many of you have probably noticed, this is my first blog in quite a few days. So what I am writing about is something that I personally struggle with at times. Desiring God’s Word can be very difficult at times. We can get caught up in how busy our lives are and we simply forget to dig into scripture. This is a very common problem. But, it is, without a doubt, a problem. Isaiah 43:6-7 may help us better understand how big of a problem not desiring God’s Word is.
“I will say to the north, Give up,
and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the end of the earth,
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for glory,
whom I formed and made.”
As the scripture says, we were created for glory. We were designed to seek out and desire God, and all his glory. Part of His glory is His Holy and inherent word. The Bible is God revealing himself to us, and in my opinion that includes a substantial amount of glory. So, we are, as Christians, inclined to desire God’s Word. Because of this, when we fail to desire God’s word we are in rebellion against God, and that is a fairly large problem.
But, you shouldn’t feel like this is a problem only you have. As I said, I personally struggle with desiring the word, and when we look into scripture we also find that David struggled with it as well. However, David prayed passionately to desire God’s Holy word. We see this in Psalm 119:25-32.
“My soul clings to the dust;
give me life according to your word!
When I told of my ways, you answered me;
teach me your statutes!
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word!
Put false ways far from me
and graciously teach me your law!
I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your rules before me.
I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
let me not be put to shame!
I will run in the way of your commandments
for you set my heart free!”
So, as you consider these things, I urge you to long to desire the glory of God revealed to us in His word. Remember that you were made for glory; God formed and made you for that purpose! It is my hope that you already have a tremendous desire to study God’s word, but if you don’t then pray like David. Pray that God would teach you his statutes, his law, and his rules. And pray that He would also give you life and strengthen you according to His word! Through this I hope that you may grow closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ, and that you may long to be in his word daily.