As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1
If my heart longs for God as the Psalmist’s does, then the coming of Jesus has huge ramifications for me. Jesus is God and all of my longings are satisfied in the coming of the Messiah.
My soul pants for a God who came near as my Emmanuel.
My soul pants for a God who was vulnerable enough to become a baby, only to suffer before saving.
My soul pants for a God who, at 30, saw hypocrisy and hard-hearted rebellion in the religious elite and confronted it head on.
My soul pants for a God who, when presented with a woman caught in adultery, extended forgiveness and love instead of condemnation.
My soul pants for a God who was powerful enough to offer up His life when it was heaven’s time. He was not a victim, but a triumphant Victor.
My soul pants for a God who told me the truth about my sin so that I could find the joy of forgiveness and the exhilaration of love given without any conditions.
My soul pants for a God who was born to serve through suffering, not to rule through intimidation.
My soul pants for a God who called me friend, not enemy. Bride, not harlot. Forgiven, not condemned. Free, not enslaved. Loved, not spurned.
9 days till Christmas morning. My soul pants for You, O God. Whatever You say, whatever You require, whatever You offer, I’m yours. In Jesus name, Amen