"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
Far too many security-minded, peace-at-any-price saints of the mediocrity know little or nothing of hot desire for God. We settle too easily for the low ground of attainment in common, ordinary Christianity. We belong to the cult of the contented. Moses, fleeing from Egypt, came to Midian where he met the family of Jethro, and was content to dwell with them. That was a contentment apart from the pursuit of God. Too many among us do not which to get involved in the pursuit of God, the hunt for holiness, longing for life, real life, God's life.
We need anew to thirst for God. Some of us started out in our Christian life to go on unto perfection. But we were scared off by the "brake factors" of the older saints. We were warned against being fanatical. We did not want to be unpopular with the crowd, even the church crowd. So we have abandoned the lure of the mountain climb and have settled down in the fog-covered lowlands of average Christianity. Jesus Christ did not "endure the cross, despising the shame," to bring us to that. He calls us to follow Him. Leave the cult of the contented, the region of the respectable. Join God's hungry crowd, the mountain climbers, the battle-scarred, the lonely seekers after holiness. There's room for one more. Be on of God's adventurers!
"If God's best you would attain,
You must seek God's best to gain'
Greatest treasures are not found
Lying surface on the ground."
Dig, friend, dig! God is to be had by the hungry of heart. The old Swiss mountain climber was buried on the side of the Alps where he died. They put a simple marker for his grave with this eloquent epitaph: "He died climbing." The hymn writer said, "I'm pressing on the upward way new heights I'm gaining every Day." Should not the same be said of us?
Yours in pursuit of God,