I oftentimes consider why we long for a deeper, more connected relationship with God our Father. I mostly have thought that it is our personal longing to know God better, to relate to Him in a more personal way. While I know this is true, we however are not the catalyst that is igniting our desires. God draws us.
Parents and Children
I have found it rare in life that adult children long for fellowship with their parents more than their parents long for fellowship with them. When I was a child or young adult, I don’t remember being drawn back into deep relationship with my parents. I do however know as a parent that I long to be with my children and do things that will promote fellowship with them.
Most often, adult children (and I am one) are too busy taking care of business, family, and personal ambitions that fellowship with their parents takes a back seat. This is not to condemn anyone, we who are older were much the same way.
God Draws Us
Now, as children of God, we often find ourselves going through a similar cycle with God our Daddy. We often are too busy with taking care of business, family, and personal ambitions that fellowship with our God takes a back seat.
Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Because we do love God, we think about Him and acknowledge our need for a deeper relationship. But at the same time, it seems the cares of life or legitimate responsibilities continue to prevent us from giving God the space needed.
Who is the Agent of Connection?
I believe that as a parent of children, I miss my children because I am made in God’s image. It was not always like this, but as I have stayed steadfast for the last 27 years to pursue the things of God, I have grown more into His image. I don’t miss fellowship with my children because of my own goodness, but I miss them because He first missed me.
We are only looking up and crying out to God for more because God is looking down, beckoning us up to Him. Not only for our wellbeing, but also for His. He longs to be with us. He wants to embrace us, talk with us, commune and abide with us. It is only because of His longing and drawing of us that we sense it and respond.
“Come to Me”
We all are hearing the voice saying “Come to Me”. God draws us to himself. I believe His motive is because He misses us, more than we miss Him. He is calling us to Him, and He is close. It is not that He wants us to come this great distance to find Him. He is ever present, with us and in us.
He wants us to face Him and fellowship with Him. He will hold us and love us so that His joy can be full! We only love Him because He first loved us! We only cry out to Him because He is calling us to do so!
John 6:44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him,”
We are on a journey towards God, but it is He who is establishing our steps. It is His voice calling. I realize from our view, we only see our need for Him. I realize this is true, we need Him. I just want you to also know how much He wants you! He has a need for you! He misses you. To Him, at this and every moment, you are on His mind.
Psalm 65:4 “Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.”
Let’s make a decision today to place our fellowship with God over our service to Him. Let’s live from His presence and not for His presence. Let’s decide to make this a day of great rejoicing in that our Daddy is able to play, laugh, and live with us.
Let’s don’t visit, but abide!