Why is there so much to say about yearnings? As in everything about our Christian walk, satan has a counterfeit to pull us off course.
The Holy Spirit yearns for us. James 4:5 Amplified says, “Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell is us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit (to be welcome) with a jealous love?”
When God gave Moses the 10 commandments, the first one was to have no other gods. Exodus 20:5 says, “…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…”
Here is the voice of a lover. As I read this verse I like to think of it as the Lord speaking to me. Song of Solomon 5:1 Amplified says, “…Drink, yes, drink abundantly of love, O precious one (for now I know you are Mine, irrevocably Mine!…” Isaiah 43:1 says, “…I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
Song of Solomon 5:4 is another verse I read as though the Lord is speaking to me. “My Beloved put His hand by the latch of the door, and my heart yearned for Him.”
He yearns for us, and we respond in yearning for Him. Singular focus. Isaiah 26:9 Amplified says, “My soul yearns for You (O Lord) in the night, yes, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly…”
Anything that pulls away our yearning for the Lord is false advertising. It is a planted demonic distraction to pull us away from our pursuit.
A. W. Tozer’s book: The Pursuit of God is a great one to expose the complacency of our heart. His prayers at the end of each chapter captured my heart back in the 70’s. I adopted them for my own. Words like: I long to long for You more; I desire to desire You, I thirst to be thirsty more.
2 Corinthians 11:2 are Paul’s words to us today. It says, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
Hosea 2:19 is the Lord speaking. “I will betroth you to Me forever.” The next time you look to something other than the Lord with yearning, let it be a reminder to return your singular focus on Him.