So many who love God avoid intimacy with Him, preferring to passionately study about Him and serve Him dutifully instead. Others only look to Him for inspiration or comfort in times of need.
Another reason we keep our distance from Abba is because we’ve been taught a wrong kind of fear. This kind makes us afraid of being “in the room” with Him…just me and Him…alone…completely naked, my innermost thoughts laid bare…having Him look into my soul with such intensity I will surely crumble in His holy sight! In our heart of hearts we hope He doesn’t notice us too much….that we will make it somehow with His help…even if barely.
Beloved, you’re already in the room with Him! He’s always with you and for you. He loves you more than you love yourself.
Some imagine a distant, angry, disciplinary father who cannot look at sin; a stainless-steel Deity who’s quick to point out our weaknesses and flaws. At minimum, we suspect He may be disappointed with us, for we know we should be farther along than we are. So we put off this meeting, hoping things will get better for us. Just maybe, when we finally get our act together, He’ll see us in a better light….
To this I will quote one of my favorite Brennan Manning lines…
“God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.” (“All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir“)
As Misty Edwards’s prophetic song goes, God knew what He was getting into when He called you…and He doesn’t regret it. He’s not shocked by your struggle. He’s not disgusted or ashamed of you. He’s waiting for you with open arms.
He loves you unconditionally, which means His love has no conditions.
He has chosen you…and that’s enough.
Stop striving. He’s going to bring you forth in love to the end…so just let go and let Him love you. He has put you in His Son. You are the apple of His eye, the pearl of great price…Jesus’ beloved bride forever.
Jesus’ flaming eyes are full of passion with streaming waves of white-hot liquid love. So, yes, you will crumble…not in shame, but in blissful joy…embraced in the blazing radiance of All-Consuming Love, where all your “I am not’s” are swallowed up in the “Great I Am!”
My friend Mark Hendrickson told me about this song when we were together last week. He said I needed to listen to it. All I can say is, Wow! Thanks Mark!
So let’s put this “opening our heart to Him” thing into practice! Find a quiet spot where you can take in this song and let it wash over your soul. Take in the words, believe them, receive them…surrender to the One who loves you so much that He bankrupted heaven…for you. Be at peace and rest in His arms of love.