Last week I told you about a journey I went on that started with asking the question “Am I Desperate for GOD”. That question made me realize that honestly, this was a topic that I really did not know much about. My journey led me down a path of understanding the “What”, “Who”, “Why”, “When” and “Where” of being Desperate for GOD. In our prior study we looked at the first question: What does it mean to be desperate for GOD? In this study, we will look to answer the other four “W’s”.
The second question I asked was, Who in scripture was desperate for God? I believe that the Bible proves the Bible so there is no better place to seek answers than in scripture. I believe that the Bible has many examples of people desperate for GOD and the move of HIS Spirit.
Luke 5:17-26 tells an account of a man that was paralyzed. He got so desperate for JESUS that he convinced some friends to take him to see JESUS. When they got to the place where JESUS was at, they couldn’t get in because there were so many people. His desperation must have been infectious because his friends took him up on the roof of the house, ripped the roof off and lowered him into the middle of the room.
A few pages later in Luke 8:43-45 we are told of the account of a woman who had “an issue of blood”. We know from Leviticus 15:18-20 that she was considered “unclean” and anyone that touched her was considered “unclean” as well. Based on her condition, she probably kept her distance from people. In fact she probably had low self esteem because she had been considered “unclean” for so long. It is interesting that 2,000 years later we still know her as the woman with the issue of blood. However, JESUS knew her as the woman who was so desperate for HIM that she didn’t care what people thought any longer as long as she could get close to HIM and but touch the hem of HIS garment. She sacrificed her reputation, the scorn of the crowd, her own self worth and got desperate for HIS touch.
Near the end of the book of Luke, in chapter 19 verses 1-10 we are told about a man named Zacchaeus. Zack was a chief among tax collectors which mean he was really hated by everyone. The name Zacchaeus means “Pure” or “Righteous”, so I am thinking that his parents had a different career path planned for young Zack when he was born. The bible also tells us that Zack was short…like REALLLLLYYY short…like “vertically challenged” in a big way! Little Zack finally had power, but wealth and power weren’t enough, he had a need and he got desperate for JESUS. The bible tells us that Zack climbed a sycamore tree just so he could have a box seat to see Jesus. He got so desperate for Jesus that he didn’t care who saw him or thought badly about him. Out of his desperation, Zack became a changed man!
Notice that in all of these accounts, they didn’t care about their reputation, they didn’t care about money, all they cared about was getting to HIM and being in HIS presence. Their priorities shifted, they were no longer hiding, no longer focused on themselves or their wealth, but the were desperate for JESUS.
The next question is Why be Desperate for GOD? Matthew 28:20, we are told “Lo I am with you always”, so then why should I be desperate for GOD? I mean, HE is always with us…right? I believe there are many reasons. I once heard Tommy Tenney say that “the height of your revival will be determined by the depth of your hunger”. That tells me that if we want revival, if we want change, we MUST be desperate for GOD. I believe that we should be desperate for GOD because that is the example we have in scripture. But the number one reason I believe we should be desperate for GOD is because of who HE IS and who we are not! I believe that GOD is indescribable…He is awesome…He is amazing. The most incredible description I have ever heard of GOD was from a message given by S.M. Lockridge, former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, California. He gave a message entitled “My King” which reminds us exactly who GOD is!
My King” by S.M. Lockridge
“The Bible says my King is a seven-way King: He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King. He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King. He’s the King of Righteousness. He’s the King of the Ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of Glory. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King.
Well, I wonder do you know Him?
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” My King is a sovereign King – no means of measure can define His limitless love. No farseeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barrier can hinder Him from pouring out His blessings. He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful.
Do you know Him?
He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever crossed the horizon of this world. He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s Savior. He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He stands in the solitude of himself. He’s august and He’s unique. He’s unparalleled, He’s unprecedented. He is the loftiest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He is the supreme problem in higher criticism. He’s the fundamental doctrine of true theology. He is the core and the necessity for spiritual religion. He’s the miracle of the age, He’s… yes He is. He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. He’s the only one qualified to be an all-sufficient Savior.
I wonder if you know him today?
He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He strengthens and sustains. He guards and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleansed the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharges debtors. He delivers the captive. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent. And He beautifies the meek.
I wonder if you know Him? Well, my King— He is the key, He’s the key to knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory.
Do you know Him?
Well, His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His life is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous and His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
I wish I could describe Him to you. But He’s indescribable – yes He is ! He’s God. He’s, He’s indescribable, yes, He’s indescribable. He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible.
Well, you can’t get Him out of your mind, You get Him off of your hand, You can’t outlive Him, and you can’t live without Him.
Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. THAT’S MY KING !
Now doesn’t that make you desperate for GOD?
The last two “W’s” are “Where” and “When” as in Where and When can I be Desperate for GOD? I believe the answer to this question is simple: “HERE” and “NOW”! One of the great things about being desperate for GOD is that you don’t have to wait for a specific time and place, you can be Desperate for GOD right where you are, right at this moment. Tell HIM that you want more of HIS presence. Tell HIM that nothing is more important to you than HIM.
I want to encourage you to examine your life and see if you are “Desperate for GOD”. Ask yourself:
- Am I satisfied with my spiritual life?
- Am I complacent in my relationship with GOD?
- Do I LOVE to spend time in GOD’s Word?
- Am I reluctant to miss my quiet time with GOD each day?
- Is my hunger and thirst for righteousness unconditional?
- In what area of my life am I not desperate for God?
Don’t let today pass you by. Let today be the day where you declare, “I AM DESPERATE FOR GOD”. It is one decision that you will not regret.
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