Life does move along nicely for a while doesn’t it? When troubles do come we know that we can count on the promises of God because He says that we can. We seem to keep Him hidden until the right time and then we pull Him out to lend a hand. We are glad He is near but do we desperately need enough to frantically search for his nearness.
The spirit of desperation is an overwhelming and pressing need for his presence in our daily life. Have you ever said this?:
“I can’t go on without that divine presence in every corner of my life. Apart from God and his blessed Son, I am a failure at every level. My success and all of my achievements are linked inseparably to the Father.”
Paul was so desperate for Christ that he was willing to suffer great loss and disadvantage so that he could know Christ. He becomes even more extreme in his next statement. He says he counts all things as trash – rubbish – garbage against the treasure of being found faithful in Christ. When the storm howls and the ship is taking on water a sailor will throw off the most valuable cargo on-board just to live. The sailor is desperate and takes equally desperate measures to save his own life. Shouldn’t Christians think the same way? When sin surrounds us and our faith is fast vanishing; when we are spiritually going down for the last time; we must take desperate measures to survive. We must be willing to “trash” everything for the safety of the Savior’s presence.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
When our minds are heavenward but our lives are anchored in the earth and its attractions we will be miserable. Only a desperate searching for God can relieve the tension.
Search for Him and He will be found! Don’t go another day without desperately call out to him to help you. He loves you and wants to help you!