To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.
Throughout Scripture, we find examples of people who longed to encounter God. Moses sought His glory (Ex. 33:18). David asked to meet Him in person (Psalm 27:7-9). And Job directly experienced Him—resulting in humble repentance (Psalm 42:4-5). The stories of these members of God’s family remind us that we’re made to long for the Lord’s presence.
They also remind us of God’s generosity and kindness. Though He gives us many gifts on this earth, He wants us to remember that sharing in His life is the ultimate blessing—that our heart’s true satisfaction is found in Him alone. What stands in the way of our ability to say with the psalmist, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You” (Psalm 16:2)? Whatever the obstacle is, we can be honest about it with our heavenly Father. God forgives and provides us with the strength we need to follow Him.
Think about it
• For some people, the idea of seeing God is exciting and joyful, while others feel intimidated or overwhelmed. How do you feel at the thought?
• Experiencing God’s presence often requires small, faithful steps of praying and studying the Bible. How can you move toward Him today?