God is the vital necessity in our life. This implies that He is so intricately involved and required for the sustenance of our life that we cannot live without Him. The Bible talks about this in a couple of places, but it seems to be only the Amplified version that uses this terminology….” vital necessity”.
Jeremiah, the prophet said, Then you will seek Me, inquire for and require Me (as a vital necessity) and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29 v 13).You also find this in Psalm 70 v 4 and John 15 v 5.
Other vital necessities we have in life, include air (oxygen) to breath, food and water. Is there anyone who does not seek after these things? Is there anyone who does not understand the compulsion, desperation, intensity, even tending towards aggression if we are denied any of these vital necessities? However, when it comes to seeking after God, it suddenly is no longer highest priority and it takes on a rather casual approach of convenience. How is it that when it comes to this vital necessity, it suddenly takes on a back seat or procrastination takes over?
What jumps at me with all this is that there is an Almighty Relationship that we are supposed to be intimately involved with as a vital necessity. We were created to be in relationship first, with God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and also with one another.
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are in relationship one with the other. God, desiring to be reconciled in relationship with us, and to prove the lavish, unconditional love He has for us, sent His only Son Jesus Christ, to die for us, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3 v 16). This ensures access for us into the secret place so we get to enjoy this relationship with the Almighty which is our vital necessity.
Some may ask, what do I mean by relationship with God Almighty? It sounds far- fetched in the ears of some. Relationship can only be someone who is living. Jesus rose from the dead and God sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. Our access gives us the ability gives us the ability to enter relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Luke 24 v 51; 1 Timothy 3 v 15). However, relationship is two-way where we enjoy heart engagement with each other. We have been brought up to do religion with God as opposed to relationship. Religion does not engage the hearts of each other.
Time has to be invested into relationships for you to get to know the person. For example, we spend time to get to know about the lives of our celebrities. Sometimes we read about them four times a day, we follow them on social media etc. How about we replace that with intentionally desiring to get to know Jesus, to read about Him, to get to know His ways and His Kingdom.
Another attribute of heart to heart relationship is the desire to communicate. The Bible says My sheep hear My voice (John 10 v 27). God desires to speak to us so we need to get used to listening. We are more used to speaking (in prayer) to God than listening to Him. When you listen, you get a sense of what is in Our Lord’s Heart.
So there is a wholehearted devotion to seeking His Heart out that we need to do that will satisfy our vital necessity. There’s a desperate need to spend time in His Presence, to worship Him and to receive His love, out of which we can love others.
God Almighty is the source of love. Trying to love others, without being connected, as a vital necessity to His heart of love, may result in certain challenges that occur in relationships.
Our minds must be renewed concerning the right standing that we have with God through Jesus. This is definitely not something we have earned or worked for. It is a free gift of God’s grace, poured out on us. We have the choice to humbly accept it and appropriate it, then we can enter into the ‘awe’ of how good God is and how much we are loved by Him. We need to be grateful to our Awesome God to appreciate the daily miracle of waking up each morning in good health. We have never tried to calculate the cost of how much oxygen we consume but our loving Father makes it abundantly available.
The challenges we have at this time of Covid-19 lock down has stripped us of a lot that has distracted us from appreciating the ‘awe’ of God. We have taken so much for granted. We have in some cases partnered with a familiar spirit that reduces the miracle of who God is, and how created beings can relate in such a loving way with our Creator God. God asked Job where he was when He laid the foundation of the earth (Job 38 v 4) and by the time God had finished, Job said ‘I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear but now my eye sees You’ (Job 42 v 5). Job really got to appreciate the ‘awe’ of God in Job 38 – 42. It is important to read these Bible passages often as they will give us a better appreciation of the ‘awe’ of God.
It’s important that we go into spending more time in His Presence, yielding our hearts to the Holy Spirit to teach us how to enter deeper into God’s Heart, so that we may daily appreciate the ‘awe’ of God as He makes us become more like His Son, Jesus.
God bless us all.