7 Longing-for-God Verses
By David Ettinger
It is clear to Bible-believing Christians that the days are getting ever-darker as the return of Jesus Christ gets ever nearer.
In these last days, God is giving Satan a longer leash in which to do what he does best: corrupt God’s truth, deceive the minds of unbelievers, and do everything he can to upend God’s plans for the redemption of Planet Earth.
Therefore, things will get terribly bad before they get wonderfully good.
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we expectantly await this time when things will get wonderfully good, and pray for its speedy arrival. However, we know this won’t be the case. As such, we must “occupy” – that is, go about the Lord’s business – until He returns (Luke 19:13).
It’s good to have these marching orders from the Lord, but as frail humans, it can often be difficult. As these evil days grow increasingly viler, I find myself longing for the goodness of God to be made manifest as soon as possible, and I’m sure you do as well.
This feeling of longing for God is something Christians should not ignore. Here in the West, too many Bible-believers are convinced we must take matters into our own hands by immersing ourselves in politics.
Though action is often beneficial, we need to be cognizant of just how deeply we should immerse ourselves, and understand that God has told us in advance about the darkness that will befall us in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1-9).
Therefore, sometimes it’s good for believers to just rest their minds, accept the growing evil, turn to God, and give all of our longing to Him.
If you’re of similar mind, here – without commentary – are 7 verses of longing for God which should refresh your heart.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, God.”
“Whom do I have in heaven but You? And with You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.”
“If Your Law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my misery. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me.”
“I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You, like a weary land.”
“At night my soul longs for You, indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; for when the earth experiences Your judgments, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.”
“Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
May these verses bring you comfort in these ever-darkening and challenging days.
David Ettinger was born and raised in a Jewish family in New York. After moving to New Mexico as an adult, he suffered through many trials. The nudge of the Holy Spirit caused him to examine his heart and in 1986 he surrendered his life to Jesus and has walked with Him ever since.
David holds a BA, and MA, in English from New Mexico State University. He began his journalism career writing for The Roundup, the university paper. After graduation he became the sportswriter for the El Paso Times. He has held many other positions as both writer and editor with major publications.
David is active in providing his skills with Zion’s Hope, Inc., in Winter Garden, Florida. His publications include Lifeway publications, Single Parent magazine (Focus on the Family), Zion’s Fire magazine, and Real Life magazine. In addition, he served as managing editor for Zion’s Fire and Real Life. David’s book, Overcomers: 30 Stories of Triumph from the Bible, is available online.
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