Man that is born of a woman is of few days and prone to many errors in a lifetime. And among the errors to which man is prone, there is perhaps none other so grave as the error of seeking the Living among the dead. This particular error is evident of an existence without the Life that quickens and the inner Light that guides.
As the flood of destruction receded from the earth, Noah sent out two birds that typified two kinds of Christians to check the habitability of the earth. The raven never returned, for it was comfortable and content to roam about freely even in misery, but the dove was discomforted by the conditions outside the ark that it found nowhere to perch and hence, returned for safety and sustenance.
The very fact that we are derived beings, since we are made in God’s own image and likeness, accounts for the insatiable longing we feel deep within us. Yet, in our carnality, we are prone to attempt satisfying this longing for the divine with worldly goods. We keep ‘doing’ in order to ‘have’ and we put ourselves at the mercy of the world while accumulating wealth, pursuing fame and hunting pleasures which not only elude us but also leave us with a miserable feeling of hell on earth.
But any serious Christian who has partaken of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has truly known and believed the love that God has for us and has enjoyed the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit, knows radically an experience of life that he cannot afford to live without. Little wonder, the sweet Psalmist sang with beautiful adoration, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”
If God is the Source and Sustainer of our lives, how then do we attempt to live, and move and have our being outside of Him? How do we find comfort where His Spirit would never rest? And how do we lose taste of His word but freely receive that which the world uses to indirectly query, resent and even mock His authority?
Here is a good time to pause, place our hearts on God’s altar, and pray:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23, 24)