December 12 – How Bad Do You Want It?

He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor. Proverbs 21:24

A hunting buddy of mine gets a deer almost every year. I, on the other hand, am not so “blessed.” It’s not fair. He just seems to get all the breaks. (Whine!)

I mean, just because he starts putting out feeders full of corn well before the season hits. And puts up cameras to monitor the migration and feeding times of the deer. And takes special care to cover his scent. And puts up strategic hunting blinds and tree stands. And gets up at the crack of dawn during the season and goes back often in the mid-afternoon. Surely all this has no bearing on how successful he is at harvesting those deer.

I, on the other hand, at this present time, am guilty of doing none of those things. I just sit out under a cedar tree, by a lonely little pond and wait…sometimes. Why in the world am I not getting my deer?!

The truth of the matter is I don’t want one bad enough. My buddy figured it out, if he was going to be successful at hunting deer, there were several things he would have to do to secure his desired result.

And it’s the same way with God Stuff! If I want to know His will for my life, or want to see His Plans succeed in my life, I have to spent time with Him earnestly.

God’s blessings are abundant, like grape clusters on a vine.  And far too many of the blessings with our names all over them are rotting on that vine. We have to do the picking and the prepping or the value is lost.

No finger-pointing allowed, just one would-be hunter to another. If we want it, and it’s beneficial, chances are, with a concerted and consistent effort, it will become a reality.

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