We miss to be missed, don’t we? We like if someone longs to see us. We feel accepted and loved because of that. This is because, deep down in our heart, there is an innate desire to be wanted by others. We yearn to be desired. Blaise Pascal nicely expressed this desire by stating that deep inside our heart, we have a vacuum in which only Jesus can fill. God has set our heart with longing for eternity at its core (Ecclesiastes 3:11), longing for the presence of eternal God. This is what we made from and thus we constantly need God to fill our lives. This deep longing is actually pretty serious that if it’s not met with the thing that can truly satisfy, it would drag us to emptiness and lead to some harmful behaviors such as drugs, sex, and alcohol abuse. This deep longing cannot remain empty, thus we try to nullify it through those seemingly pleasurable things. Unfortunately, those things only lead to deeper cravings. Once in a while, we might feel that our longing is satisfied by people or things around us. However, the earthly satisfaction is always temporal and cannot be permanent. They only warrant false promises. Our heart needs Jesus just like our lungs need oxygen, or our body needs water. If Jesus is absent in our hearts, then our heart’s condition would be like a dry and parched land. Just like what prophet Amos once wrote, that there would be famine and thirst to hear God’s voice (Amos 8:11).
“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
Many people would think that we ought to desire God first as He is our creator. This might seem impossible or frustrating, especially if we are not convinced that God is the source of our joy. However, nothing is truer than it is actually God who desires us first. This is a miracle for us! A miracle that happens at the unlikeliest place. It’s indeed a miracle as we neither can do anything worthy for God, nor live pleasing to Him. The miracle of our acceptance before God happens at the most contradicting situation. The act of God’s salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus happens not after we can live a holy life, but in the very moment while we were still sinners!
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Yes, God desires us when we are still offenders and do things that hurt Him! Anyone can love anyone who do favor to them, but loving the offender is truly divine. Let us embrace the truth about the most spectacular miracle that we have on Jesus Christ. He is the door to what we long for, satisfaction on what we desire for. Jesus is the cup that won’t run dry, Israel said. Ask the Samaritan woman from the gospel, and she would gladly tell you that He is the ever-replenishing drink (John 4:14). God is able to satisfy and refresh our weary soul (Jeremiah 31:25). Let’s keep coming back to God and always remember this beautiful truth, that our God desires us!