The most powerful motive force in the world is a deeply felt appreciation for the forgiveness God mercifully makes available to us in His Son, Jesus Christ. We will truly love God only when we see something of the high price He has paid to love us.
To deny the obvious fact that our hearts long for God is to deny our Creator. Why don’t we see the depth of our need for God? How could something so important be so difficult to recognize? There are at least three reasons for our failure to see.
The decision to seek God with all of our heart can’t be made once-for-all and then forgotten. In every single moment of choice we must exercise our will one more time, deciding again and again to maintain integrity to what we know is most important.
If we fill God-created needs with anything less than God-designed fulfillments, the result is bound to be unsatisfying in the short run, and destructive to our character in the long run. Even when we get what we want, it will not be what we want.
The tiresomeness of temporal life is a clue to the fact that we were meant for more. There are many good things here to enjoy, but if we pretend that this world is all we need, we cheat ourselves. We must admit that we yearn for greater fulfillments.
“In much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Ecclesiastes 1:18). As Pascal observed, “To know of God without knowing of man’s misery causes pride. To know of man’s misery without knowing of God causes despair.”
Resisting the tendency to focus on ourselves, we must learn to seek God, simply and contentedly. When we diligently do this, our reward will be God Himself and He will fill our deepest longings according to the design of His own love.
Combining the qualities of reverence and courage, love dares to seek God Himself. The deepest love in the human heart will settle for nothing less. It will not cease from its quest until it has found and known the Source from which it was created.
Sin destroys relationship, and since we were created for relationship, there is no impact of sin any more obvious than the deep, gnawing pain of isolation. In our broken world, there is no groaning more desperate than to be freed from our loneliness.
We instinctively reach out for concord with the Source of our being. We desire God because we were created to do so by God Himself, the God in whose image we were made. As our Beginning, He is the only perfect End toward which we were meant to move.