What is the Right Thing?


As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

  • Psalm 42:1-4

“’My problem is that I’m driven,’ confessed a friend. …

“’After all,’ as Thoreau reminds us, ‘the man whose horse can trot a mile in a minute does not carry the most important message; he is not an evangelist, nor does he come around eating locusts and wild honey.  I doubt if Flying Childers ever carried a peck of corn to the mill.’

“The question is not How can I do more? but, Am I doing the right thing?”

  • Jean Fleming, from the devotional, God’s Abundance, edited by Kathy Collard Miller

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace.  I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still.  Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed.  Begin in mercy a new work of love within me.  Say to my soul, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.’  Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.’”

  • A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

If the Thoreau quote stumps you, Flying Childers was not the first race horse, but was the first thoroughbred of note, popularizing the sport of horse racing.  He was undefeated in his races.  Henry David Thoreau came along about a hundred years after Flying Childers, so the fame must have been significant at the time, compared to today’s idea of instant fame followed by instantly forgotten when the new ‘driven’ {whatever} appears on the scene.  Whoever they are touting as the G-O-A-T – Greatest of all time – today?  Wait 20 years and ask if anyone even remembers.  Yet, Thoreau speaks of Flying Childers 199 years later.

Okay, maybe I telegraphed the answer to the question in the Scripture and quotes.  Psalm 42 is a ‘maskil’ of the Sons of Korah.  It talks of wanting to desire God and to worship God more strongly.  Jean Fleming asks whether we are doing the ‘right thing?’  She had spent the entire devotion talking about the modern concept of being ‘driven’, driven to be better, faster, stronger, etc.  Then the quote from Tozer mirrors the Scripture.  We should all desire to desire God more.

Think about it.  When you met the love of your earthly life, if you have, what did you do?  You tried to learn as much as possible.  My wife and I had a very long first date, unless you count the introduction over mixed doubles tennis as the first date, which we do not.  We dined.  We walked along the seawall.  We drove to Galveston along the beach road, which has only partially been repaired since Hurricane Rita in 2005, taking a slow ferry ride to the island.  We played miniature golf on the beach before driving back to her house along the same route.  At dinner, along the seawall, and in the car, we talked.  She wanted to know if she wanted the next date, thinking I was strange.  I wanted to know more about this interesting person.  I was well beyond the next date in my thoughts.

If you have found that love, you may have similar memories of your early dates.

Why is it that Jesus wants a personal relationship with us, but many people who say they are Christians only think of Jesus on Sunday morning, going to church half awake and thinking about their afternoon ‘to-do’ list while they are at church?

Max Lucado, in 3:16, The Numbers of Hope, wrote, in his 40 day devotion in the back of the book, about what the disciples asked Jesus in John 1:38.  “They didn’t ask Jesus to give them a minute or an opinion or a message or a miracle.  They asked for his address.  They wanted to hang out with him.  They wanted to know him.”

So, what is the right thing?  To learn more about Jesus and do everything we can to be more like Him ourselves.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Yes, Amen! It’s all about Jesus.

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