The longing of the soul is not always apparent. Though I may ignore and suppress it, the soul’s longing remains still. Since a longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, I should seek to find out what my soul longs for. I need to be honest with myself, no longer keeping my soul in the dark, but stepping into the light of truth. I need to do some soul-searching, discover what I long for, and fulfill it.
Since mankind was made to be one with the Highest God, in the Highest God, and with the Highest God in the beginning, then everyone’s soul longing is to be the way we were made. Sweet to the soul is to have the longing for an intimate and eternal relationship with God fulfilled. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2)
Is it true that everyone’s soul has a hidden and suppressed longing to be in communion with God? Is this my soul’s longing in the sad times and the happy times? It seems that some do not have this soul desire. They appear to enjoy the darkness and hate the light. Why? “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21)
So it is not that they do not have the soul’s longing to be one with God. Rather, they detest turning from evil because they are full of darkness (evil) and chose to believe that God will not forgive them and will instead expose their evil deeds. They will not accept that God’s light is sweet.