My kids are funny. They each get an allowance so they generally have cash on hand. If we are at a store, they might ask if they can have something. We, in turn, say to them, “Did you bring your money?” It has helped with the begging and whining that kids at so good at doing.
What makes them funny is what they really want. My daughter craves candy.
And my son, a Playstation 4.
In fact, we all desire something. That is just the way we are made. So while my kids are saving their dollars for candy or a PS4, what are you desiring?
But this post is not about what we want.
The Word – longing
The Worth – More than my kids wanting their things. More than my dog wanting cheese popcorn. More than my wife and I desiring a healthy marriage or strong family. More than anything us mere mortals could possibly want is the fact that God wants us more.
He is longing to be with us. He yearns for a relationship with us. He craves our company.
Simply put, he loves us.
I chose the word longing for 3 reasons.
- It starts with the letter L
- It gives a sense of something desired but not yet obtained.
- It also implies that action must be taken.
God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden. He walked with them. I tend to be literal in my thinking about that scene.
What would that have looked like? Did God take a physical form? Did He speak in a regular voice?
But then the fruit was taken and eaten. The relationship was broken. And ever since then, God has been longing to walk with us again.
He desires us. Sure, we can have communion with Him now but with sin still in the picture, perfection is still not possible.
But God took action. He did something about His longing.
Desire drives decisions.
Pursuit proves passion.
He made a way for us to come back to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21 gives more detail on God taking action to make things right again.
Ultimately, the rapture will occur and we will be united once again! 1 Thessalonians 4.
God loves us so much! Even as I type the words, I feel like that statement does not encompass God’s love enough! He is longing to walk and talk with us.
And because He first loved us, we can love Him in return.
He took action so we can take action.
The Work – You might ask, “How do I take action?”
Ask God for help. Read your Bible. Then act on it. Do something about what God tells you.
God loves you and the Bible tells you so. That is a fact.
Do one thing today that reflects this truth.