Hungering for God
When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart at age 15, an immediate hungerto know God sprang up within my spirit. I first attempted to satisfy this desire by devouring the Bible. Within weeks, it was obvious to me that the people in the Bibleknew God through hearing Him speak to them and seeing visions of Him. God wastheir Friend. They walked and talked with Him. Every day, Adam and Eve were hear-ing God’s voice and living out of it. What an astounding lifestyle! From Genesis toRevelation people heard God’s voice and saw visions. I wanted that, too! What I didn’tknow at the time was that this hunger to know God had actually been placed in my heart by the Holy Spirit, and that God fully intended to satisfy this passion.
Eternal Life Is Intimacy with Almighty God!
Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they might
Thee, the only true Godand Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent” (Jn. 17:3, emphasis added). What a dynam-ic statement: eternal life is
God! But this is not the simple, casual “know-ing” of an acquaintance, or even a close friend. The word used here for “know” is
, and it means “to be involved in an intimate, growing relationship.” In theGreek version of the Old Testament, this is the word used in Genesis 4:1, where itsays, “Adam
Eve and she bore a son” (emphasis added). This is the most inti-mate relationship possible. Jesus makes the fantastic statement that this is what eter-nal life is all about! This is the essence of eternal life: to be involved in an intimate,growing relationship with the God of all creation and His only Son, Jesus. What amagnificent destiny!Paul grasped this precious truth. In Philippians 3:10,11, he said that his greatdesire was, “that I might
Him, and the power of His [inner] resurrection and the13