I don't know about you but I find myself still growing in this area. Of course God being my God has received much lip service; especially in songs. Yet, as I look back I note maybe He was not actually at the top of the "hunger for" list.
Here's what might have inserted itself into His place in my walk:
- Performance. I was not as concerned about God hearing from me in worship and adoration as I was getting my religious skills/duties sharpened.
- Reputation. It was critical that all cross-sections of the brotherhood liked me. Popularity was essential.
- Doctrine. Of course it was absolutely crucial to believe the right things in the right way in the right order. Being right was the pinnacle from which I vowed never to jump. His righteousness for me was a non-essential for I could bring my own to the table...I thought.
My wrestle is the church's battle still today. It is a dead-end alley to believe that getting our i-s dotted and our t-s crossed in precision pleases God if our hearts are vacant of complete adoration of His central being. One of the things I pray every morning on my way to the office is for those driving alongside of me to acknowledge the God of our lives rather than drive throughout the day without a complimentary thought of gratitude toward Him.
Love the Lord your God---commandment #1.