In her sweet testimonial hymn “Satisfied!” Clara Williams clearly captures the condition of humanity. Her opening stanza “All my life long I had panted for a drink from some clear spring that I thought would quench the burning of the thirst I felt within” paints an accurate picture of the desires of mankind. While not seeking for God, which Romans 3 emphatically points out that we do not do, we search for the benefits of the grace of God. We yearn for grace. Yearned will be our “Y” in alphabetizing grace.
What do we yearn for that grace provides? We yearn for forgiveness from all our sins against God and man. People realize that simple self forgiveness is not enough. In Christ we have complete forgiveness through the grace of God. We yearn for hope. The macro-world and the micro-world often set us into a state of despondency. All is not right and the future is very uncertain. Where is hope? The Bible says hope comes from God and His abundant grace. When both the macro-world and micro-world are spinning out of control both now and the future, God is the same and offers the constancy of hope. We yearn for a certainty of a positive outcome after death. The Bible tells us that that certainty is heaven and it is reached by grace through faith in the work of Christ on the cross. We yearn for a constant friend. Worldly friends and family can often be fickle or unresponsive to us. This is why Joseph Scriven’s hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” resonates so loudly. The world wants a constant friend and by grace God has given His Son to be ours.
Technically we do not yearn for God. We do, however, yearn for the blessings of God. We should take heart that the God of those blessings came to seek us out and give them to us. One of the simplest and easiest to remember of all verses in the Bible is this verse of comfort, purpose and hope in Luke 19:10. “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Grace sought us that we might have the yearnings of our hearts fulfilled. With Clara Williams sing her triumphant chorus, “Hallelujah! I have found Him Whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies my longings – through His blood I now am saved.” O the great fulfillment of yearned for grace!
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