Psalm 42:1-3
1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”

While the Psalmist pants for God, his enemies taunt him by asking “Where is He?”. This, of course, makes things worse for him. This is a cold, heartless thing to do but God can and will turn it around for the Psalmist’s good.

We are not just to hunger for God when things go well and we are not just to chase after Him when things are bad, in order to have them get better. The panting after God is a good thing. And however God chooses to respond to that longing for Him is a good thing as well. Faith is crucial here. And faith is not required if God always does precisely as we ask, at the precise moment we want it, in the precise way that we desire to have it – even when it is Him we seek.

He calls us to diligently seek Him and that at least means that He does not show up and reveal Himself as we expect and want. Diligence is not required if you always get what you are looking for as soon as you start looking. If you find God without a diligent search then it is not God you have discovered.

The diligent search is a lifelong thing. God is unfathomable and the more we discover the more wonderful is the search.

Today, in your Bible reading and study, do not be satisfied with moral lessons. Ask, “what am I learning about God ? What do I see here of Jesus Christ?” In your prayers, do not neglect to ask God to bring you to know Him better. And look forward to an opportunity to discuss the fruit of your study with another believer and even someone who is not a believer.