If you’ve ever truly been in love, you might attest to the pain of being away from your significant other, even if it is for a short time. Your desire to reunite with them may be so great that your heart yearns within you. Is your relationship with Jesus close enough for you to yearn for him? Does your heart jump when thinking about seeing him one day face to face? It did for Job. Check out chapter 19, verses 25-27 which says:
"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!"
Yes, this is from Job in the midst of losing everything he owned including his children and being heavily afflicted in his body with disease. Even after this his heart still yearned for God. How is your heart towards him? Every one of us, one day, will die. If you believe in Jesus you will spend eternity with him in heaven. I encourage you to stir your heart for him now, before you meet him face to face. Love him now, live for him now, press into him now so that your heart will yearn for him now. Let our love for him be so strong that he consumes our minds. After all, the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength. Let’s get to that place now.
The Oxford dictionary says that to yearn means to have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from. “to have an intense feeling of longing”. How is your relationship with Jesus? Does your heart yearn to see him face to face? I encourage you to give full attention to your relationship with Jesus. It is my hope that every believer, including myself, arrive at a place of intense feelings of love and longing for our Lord - so much so that our hearts yearn within us.