Why Do I Feel This Way?

“My heart and flesh cry out for the living God”

Psalm 84:2.

Our flesh, “with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:24), certainly likes to have its own way.  So it seems odd that our mortal bodies would ever desire God…until we remember that they were created by Him and for Him…so of course our bodies respond to their maker!

Very often, we yearn for God and experience His closeness in the most “non-religious” of circumstances.

Sometimes our intimacy with God comes when we push your body to the limit at the gym, or when we sing with the radio at the top of your lungs, or when we sit at the beach and listen to the water break on the rocks…

…And we really need to stop thinking that these moments don’t quite constitute worship…or that there is a particular format only by which we can worship.

Let’s never assume that talking to God while completing a 5k race, or training in the gym or going for a walk isn’t “legitimate” prayer.

The psalmist said, “God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You” (Psalm 63:1).  Today, let’s listen to our bodies and if we feel desperate for some exercise or some alone time…it’s possible that what we’re actually desperate for is the presence of God.

So, let’s lace up our running/walking shoes and go…spend time with our friend the Lord…talk to Him like we would a walking partner…and I pray that He will reveal Himself to us in a special way…quenching that physical yearning and that spiritual thirst…amen!

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