Desperate Hope


"If you will only get alone, where the lights and shadows of earth cannot interfere, where human opinions fail to reach – and if you will dare to wait there silent and expectant, though all around you insist on immediate decision or action – the will of God will be made clear."  Streams in the Desert


Isaiah 30:20-21 "And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."


Are you seeking some specific answer from God?

Are you listening for Him in the midst of the noise around you?

Why do you assume He will SHOUT His answer to you? 


We often want answers immediately, but we are not willing to properly listen for them.  We want to continue going about our business, doing what we want, and expect God to chase us down to tell us what He wants us to know.

We love to read the psalms of David, because we find such comfort in their words.  David seems to capture the heartbreak of man and the heartbeat of God so perfectly in his poetry.

We know quite well his story of sin and redemption, so we know why he writes so eloquently of heartbreak; but do you ever wonder how he was able to capture the compassion and heartbeat of God in his poetry?

I believe it all has to do with his attitude toward God.  He was desperate to know God.  His longing wells up uncontrollably as his pen pours out his words:


Psalm 42:1-3 "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?


We will never get to know our God until we are desperate for Him…desperate enough to shut out the world and be alone before Him, waiting for Him to speak quietly in our ears "…This is the way, walk ye in it."

How long has it been since you sat alone and quietly waitied for God to whisper to you?

How desperate are you for that answer you seek?

Perhaps today is a good day to shut out the world…and carefully listen…