One of my favorite quotes from CS Lewis is:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – CS Lewis
‘Our desires are far too weak….’
Jesus speaks to desire often in the Bible. In John 7:37 it says, ‘37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.‘ This story is set on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles (or tents) where the Israelites celebrated and remembered God’s provision for them during their wandering in the wilderness under Moses’ leadership. During that time God fed them through manna and quail and he gave them water to drink from the rock.
As many religious people were going through the motions and customs to celebrate this feast, God Himself, in the flesh, was among them. That day many people would have considered Jesus’ declaration a distraction and a disturbance. They were content to continue on in their predictable religious life rather than risk a new relationship with Jesus, the Messiah.
How about you and me? Am I simply content with my normal motions of religious devotions or is there a part of me that wants to respond to the voice of Jesus, crying out to me today? Is there any thirst left in me to take Him at His Word? Is there any faith left in me to break out of the normal rut and follow Him? May we have ears to hear that voice crying out to us today! May we have a heart and will to follow.