It stands to reason that our level of faith is in direct proportion to how much we truly believe in what we say we believe. In other words, the deeper we believe in the Bible and the promise of heaven, the more we realize how fruitless the pursuits of life are, and we inevitably desire God in a way that is confusing to unbelievers. We begin to realize that nothing; not our human relationships, our financial successes, or even our public achievements matter. We come to know that all life has to offer amounts to nothing in comparison to God and our relationship with him. So, inevitably, the more faith we have, the greater our desire for God. Psalm chapter 73, verses 25 through 26 states it quite well. It says:
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
It is obvious that the writer of this psalm has high faith. They believe, I mean truly believe, in what they say they believe. As a result, they desire nothing on earth besides God. Many of us say we believe in God. But how often does our life reflect radical belief; a belief that is so strong that we can truly say “earth has nothing I desire besides you?” I don’t know about you but I want that kind of faith. I want radical faith; a faith that understands, as this psalmist did, that “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” I hope you desire that kind of faith as well.
It is “human” to feel desire for something or someone. Desire prompts a longing that can only be filled once we’ve obtained the object of our desire. Some desires can be sinful, but others can be holy. The psalmist says that “the earth has nothing I desire besides you.” Only someone with radical faith can express this level of holy desire, because if we believe what the Bible says with all that is within us, life itself pales in comparison to God. Our priorities would change, our fears would fade, and our love would amplify. It is an inevitable result of high faith. I encourage you to stir your faith; to stir your belief in what you say you believe. And the only way we can do that is by exposing ourselves to the word of God and allowing our hearts to engage with the revelation that comes from the Holy Spirit.