His Father’s heart knows no limits. It is unbound by expectations. It is a river flowing from an eternal spring of love.
It cries out for connection no matter the age of His child. It longs and hopes for more.
God is desperate to hear from us. To have us lay our burdens at His feet. To draw close and lean our heads against His knee when our hearts are hurting and crushingly heavy.
When the agony of a wayward child or spiraling marriage or lack of a job becomes too much, He wants to comfort our hearts. Hold us close and tell us it will be okay.
He wants intimacy with His people.
How often do we send up a quick prayer for help, as if God is just another contact in our address book, and then sign off. In essence, leaving Him to stare at a dark computer screen.
He wants to know and be known. He wants more with us than one-way communication.
He wants to know how you drink your coffee.
Sound silly? It’s not. Our closest friends know minuscule details about us. They can finish our sentences. They can tell from a look that we bumped into a guard rail that day. We feel their care from across the room…or from across the country.
With our closest friends, our security and sense of well-being comes from being known and accepted. Loved despite our flaws and deficits. And the fulfillment of this need to be known is knowing another, and giving them the gift of acceptance and love without conditions.
That is the relationship God desperately yearns to have with us. He wants to be known by us and share mysteries with us (Jer. 33:3).
Jesus said, “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matt. 7:22,23, emphasis mine).
Let’s be clear. Our ability to be connected to God has NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR BEHAVIOR.
Jesus makes that obvious in the above passage. Those “works” had nothing to do with connection to Him.
He yearns for more with us. He wants to sit with us while we have coffee. He wants to hear our sorrows, hear our laughter, let us vent our frustrations all while looking into His eyes.
And then He wants to share. To be heard. To help.
He loves you that much.
Father, teach me how to relate to You. I want to learn how to share my daily life with You. I struggle with revealing myself fully to You. Please show me where my belief about what You yearn for with me is contrary to what You truly want with me. I want everything You have for me and for my relationship with You. I am willing for You to take me deeper. Thank you! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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