Yearning

Recently, as I sat in my office, a feeling of emptiness beset me. My heart was downcast, and I wondered why. The more I reflected, the more I understood the calling and the yearning of the Holy Spirit. My day had been consumed by trivial things, and I pushed God aside. That void I felt was actually the Spirit beckoning me to enter His presence. I did not hear an audible voice from Heaven say to me, “Behold, my child, spend time with me.” It was a gentle leading to draw near. It saddens God that we are too busy doing the “works” instead of sitting at the feet of Jesus. God created man to fellowship with Him. He wanted man to spend time with Him.

In the Garden of Eden, God would walk with man and talk with man, but man walked away from God and he was banished from the Garden. Still today, God desires fellowship with man through prayer. Prayer is not just talking but listening and spending time with Him. In a marriage relationship, the bond is not strong because of the talking, but the quality time spent together. The Father awaits us to enter in. As the Father waits in Heaven for us to get alone with Him and fellowship, I believe He is disappointed day by day as we pass Him by and say, “Maybe tomorrow!” I imagine the Father telling the Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts and beckon us to come. The Father says, “Remind them that I gave Jesus so that they could enter into the Holy of Holies everyday, now.”

In the Old Testament, the priest could only enter the Holy of Holies once a year on the day of Atonement. The priest would enter for the people. No one else could go in. This was the place where God’s manifest presence was. Many years later, Christ has died on the cross for us so that Atonement has been provided and we can now enter in everyday.

 

Hebrews 9:12 says, “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

We no longer need a priest. We have free access, but we don’t enter in. We have become accustomed to the privilege; we have taken it for granted. As the Holy Spirit leads and we reject His prompting by saying, “I’m too busy, I have to rush somewhere else, I’m too tired”, the Father says with grace and mercy, “Holy Spirit, maybe they will, tomorrow. I hope tomorrow they will fellowship with me. I love them no matter what.” I am convicted, for pushing God aside and not involving Him in my busy life. What about you? Are you guilty? Maybe you are, or maybe you aren’t, but I would evaluate my time with God. Don’t take Him for granted; He is waiting in the Holy of Holies for you.

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