As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. – Psalm 42:1 (NIV)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)
What are your thoughts in regards to being desperate for something or someone? Being desperate typically carries with it a negative connotation. Society has conditioned us to think that self-sufficiency is something to be sought after. Desperation on the other hand, is seen as a weakness and is actually loathed.
In regards to being self-sufficient, if we are not careful we will subject ourselves to false pride. False pride is an unsightly and dangerous characteristic in which to clothe ourselves. It is very deceptive. Nevertheless, there is a fine line between being responsible to carry one’s own load and being falsely puffed up because we don’t have a need for anyone or anything. The truth of the matter is that no man is an island…we were designed for relationship.
Typically we don’t learn about God’s characteristics in depth until we are desperate for Him to meet a need or answer a prayer. Being in desperation for Him to come through for us provides a fast track for getting to know Him on a more intimate level. In a sense, it pulls us into His chest where our hearts beat in unison with His. The next time you think about desperation as something to be loathed, I hope you will reconsider it as a gift to be cherished. It is in that place of total vulnerability that you will come to know God in a way like never before.
Lord, I thank You for withholding some things from me. I am actually grateful for the times when people and things have failed me. It is in those times of vulnerability and desperation that I have learned to draw near to You. Thank You for always showing Yourself faithful in my deepest need.