Yearn: Intense Desire

What do you yearn for? What captures your heart and won’t let go? James 4:5 says, “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” The J. B. Phillips says, “…passionate jealousy.” 

The Holy Spirit desires to capture all of our heart’s real estate. The children of Israel yearned (craved) for the things in their past. Their hearts were divided. Numbers 11:5-6 says, “We remember…but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing except this manna before our eyes.” They shunned God’s miraculous provision.

The verse in James was in the context of loving the things of this world. Verse 3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

If your heart is divided, I encourage you to ask the Lord to set a yearning for Him in your heart. A seed of yearning for Him will bear fruit. It is a prayer that He will answer because that is His heart’s delight ~ us delighting in Him as He delights in us.

Asking Him to plant that seed of yearning plays out like this verse. I’m capitalizing it as though she is speaking about the Lord. Song of Solomon 5:4 says, “My Beloved put His hand by the latch of the door, and my heart yearned for Him.”


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