Eagerness and enthusiasm should characterize every aspect of our lives – including the way we search out and claim the promises of God.
They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. (2 Chronicles 15:15)
Have you noticed how easy it is to feel embarrassed by enthusiasts? Whether in the church or the workplace, enthusiasts can … well, just go over the top, can’t they? Of course, the real reason we find enthusiasts hard to cope with at times is because they reveal our own lack of enthusiasm. The problem is not theirs, but ours.
So perhaps it might come as a surprise to discover that God loves enthusiasts! He loves people who seek him eagerly, worship him eagerly, serve him eagerly. In fact, the Bible speaks positively of such people and promises a blessing for ‘the eager’, for ‘fanatics’. So we find the Bereans studying the Scriptures daily ‘with great eagerness’ (Acts 17:11); the Corinthians being commended for how they ‘eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed’ (1 Corinthians 1:7); Paul reminding Titus that Jesus wants ‘a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good’ (Titus 2:14); Peter reminding his readers to be ‘eager to serve’ (1 Peter 5:2). In short, eagerness seems to get a pretty good press!
Eagerness and enthusiasm should characterize every aspect of our life – including the way we search out and claim the promises of God . There is a wonderful passage in Job 28 which describes a miner at work deep underground, and which says that this is how we should search for God’s wisdom, God’s word, God’s promises. Just like mining, it may be hard work at times; but it is always worth it, for it ‘brings hidden things to light’ (v. 11). It goes on to say that wisdom, ‘hidden from the eyes of every living thing’ (v. 21), can be discovered only by those who come ‘digging’ into God, for ‘God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells’ (v. 23). This is the sort of eager, searching, and expectant heart that God wants to find in us as we come looking for his word and his promises.
Ask God to help you to eagerly pursue him and his ways today; for in doing so, there is the promise of great blessing.
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.(1 Corinthians 14:1)
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