i have to admit that i don’t usually read blogs when it’s full of quotes and not something that the person has personally written. but i was reading today and knew that these three passages capture what i’ve been feeling and going through these last few months.

“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 for 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 thirsty still.” – A.W. Tozer

“When a man pants after God, it is a secret life within which makes him do it: he would not long after God by nature. No man thirsts for God while he is left in his carnal [i.e., unconverted] state. The unrenewed man pants after anything sooner than God: . . . It proves a renewed nature when you long after God; it is a work of grace in your soul, and you may be thankful for it.” – Charles Spurgeon

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” – Psalm 63:1-5

2 thoughts on “quotes

  1. Thirsting to be thirsty. A very interesting concept.
    the question is: why would you want to –want? It seams self-defeating. but it isn’t, is it?
    I can understand thirsting to be satified, but that is simply thirsting. if there are only two states, thirsting and non-thirsting; the definition of thirsting is to long for the nonthirsting state. but there are three states, the non-thirsting one can be sepperated into the un-thirsty and the dissinterested. I like the idea of longing to long.
    question: Do you think that we are more in love with the object of our desires, or having desires? in other words: if you could pick of the three stages: (thirsting, satisfied, and disinterested) i know you would pick thirsting over disinterested; but would you pick thirsting over satisfied? thirsting to drink or having drunk?
    maybe i will only be satisfied if i am thirsty—always. it seams so nihilistic, doesn’t it? what you think?

  2. clarification: i meant to say: Do you think that we are more in love with the objects of our desires, or are we more in love with “having desires”?

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