“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)
The New Year is often a time for reflection and consideration upon goals for the upcoming year. While there are many good things to seek to accomplish, the wise person not only sets goals, but also knows how to prioritize their goals.
Priority should be based upon need. What is most needed is what we should spend the most energy pursuing. Psalm 63 makes it clear that our most pressing need is our relationship with God. We need Him like our flesh needs water. We can’t go more than a few hours without feeling thirsty. We can’t survive without water for more than a few days. Just as the constant intake of water is necessary to maintain our physical life, so too the constant intake of God is necessary to maintain our spiritual life.
So going into 2022, there is no greater need that we have than to seek after the Lord by growing in our relationship with Him and finding ways to increase our joy in Him. He is the satisfaction that our souls long for, and so He is the one we should spend the most energy seeking after.
Question: What are three things you can start doing daily to grow in your relationship with God?
Challenge: Share these three things with a friend and ask them to hold you accountable for your pursuit of these goals.
Prayer: God, help me to understand my need for You and empower me to seek after You. This coming year may pursuing You be my greatest goal.
Jeff Boettcher, Chapel Leader -- Philadelphia Phillies