In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the yearning people have to know God, in a sermon entitled, “The Homesickness Of the Soul.” Here are some excerpts:

“…Deep in the heart of man there is a homing instinct, profound, persistent, ineradicable, which he often ignores, and might even deny, but which is nonetheless real. Man experiences a homesickness of the soul, even though he may not be able to put a name to it…”

“…In this connection, I want to state two facts of human nature which I think are undeniable:

1. There is something in man which earth can never satisfy

“…Many people mistakenly believe that if only they had this or that coveted thing they would always be happy. But the evidence does not bear out this belief [with things such as]…”

“I say it again — there is something in you and me which even the best things in life cannot satisfy — a longing, a hunger, a heartache which nothing material seems able to meet.”

2. There is in every one of us a nostalgia for God

…That is to say, God has put in the heart of each one of us a longing for Himself. The majority of people do not understand this; they just know that there are times when they want to be quiet, times when they want to be alone, times when the calendar, or the stars, or the death of a loved one speaks to them. They hunger and they thirst — but for what?…”

Well, what do you say to all this?

“…For myself, I would say very eagerly, like that man in the Gospels, “Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24). For, speaking personally, I have no hope whatsoever either in this world or in the world to come except in Christ and Him crucified. And neither have you…”


The Homesickness Of The Soul. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

April 2, 1989

Psalm 68:4,6

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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