More than the air I breathe,
More than the song I sing,
More than my next heartbeat,
More than anything.
Have you ever held your breath? My kids and I were recently having a contest to see how long we could hold our breath. As I sat there with nose plugged and mouth closed watching the seconds pass by, my lungs began to burn and my heart beat faster. Finally the need for air became more overwhelming than my need to win a contest. I was desperate for air.
We need air to live. If our heart stops beating, we will not survive. Do we have that same desperation for God? Do we really need Him to survive?
In his book, Radical, David Platte tells of spending time in Asia with believers meeting in secret home churches. These men and women took great risks to come together and study the Bible. They were willing to risk EVERYTHING to know God more.
What have we risked today?
When I was having that contest with my kids, I wanted to win. I wanted to be able to say that I could hold my breath the longest. But desperation overcame will.
Has your desperation for God surpassed your desire to be in control?
I wonder . . . Has God become more of something we do, then Someone we Need?
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:15-1615. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.