The Cry After God
Out of your desperation, one of two things may happen: First, you may abandon your faith because you have misinterpreted this time of dryness as proof of your foolish faith. This is sad, but I have seen it happen many times. Their love is recoverable but the journey home can be difficult to endure.
In our modern, pragmatic world we fail to recognize the One who is calling to our heart. Maybe we have become frustrated by our heart‘s continuing sabotage of a dutiful Christian life. Some of us silence this longing, or, rather than desert our faith completely, we suddenly find ourselves crying out, just like the maiden in the Song of Solomon, for the most intimate experience possible: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth” (Song 1:2). This is not a kiss on the neck or on the forehead like the father gave to the prodigal son. Nor on the cheek like Judas Iscariot gave Jesus. It is not even a kiss on the feet like that of Mary. No, this is a cry for an expression of the most intimate and personal love possible.
As we continue in our study, the beautiful Shulamite Maiden will play out this searching and longing for us. All her experiences to this point are no longer enough. She is driven to an ardent pursuit to experience the reality of Jesus Himself. She yearns for his kisses, which would also show his own ardent and personal love for her.
I have no idea how long you can go before this hunger begins to consume you. I know many who have never caught on after many years. They know nothing of their Redeemer as the Bridegroom of their hearts.
The words of A. W. Tozer encourages, and then challenges us when he says,
Within the fold of conservative Christianity, there are those increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with mere words, nor will they be content with correct “interpretations” of truth. They are athirst for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the fountain of Living Water.
Our problem is that we let everyone else do our seeking for us. All of our evangelistic endeavors are made to center on the initial act of ‘accepting’ Christ and we are not expected to crave anything more. We become caught up in the coils of a spurious logic that insists that once you find God you don’t need to seek Him any more. ~A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
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