My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9
When a man and woman are in love with each other, they want to spend all their time together. Their thoughts are continually on each other. If they are still in high school, they are often sending each other notes, texting, and talking on the phone at all hours of the day and night. Often they memorize each others words or notes.
The level of their desire for each other is often seen as silly by other people, because they do crazy things while thinking about each other.
Once a couple get married, however, the thoughts often start to drop over time. For the first year or so, their thoughts are constantly about each other in love. Later, all too often, one or both begin to look to others and desire someone else. Too often many marriages end up in divorce because of the desire for someone else.
Isaiah is talking about a desire for God. The spirit of a believer longs for God day and night. He wants to be in God’s presence at all times.
When a person has accepted the forgiveness of Jesus, he knows the peace that God brings him. He understands that God is no longer judging him for those sins. There is true love between the person and God.
In the process of yearning for God, there are many who begin to look to others, desiring the love of others, rather than that of God. They turn to things and ways of this world.
When you are laying on your bed at night, waiting for sleep to overtake you, who or what are you thinking about? What are the great dreams of this life do you have?
It is easy to think about the things of this world and get caught up in them. But the things of this world are temporary and never really fulfilling. They cannot bring you life.
Only God can give you true peace, contentment and life in this world. Make Him your hearts desire. Think about Him day and night. Meditate on His words and study them.
I pray today that God will be the center of your life; that you will desire no one or anything else but God; that your thoughts will always be upon God and His word; and that you will not turn from God to the things of this world.