What does God want? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you ever wondered what the Eternal, Sovereign, Almighty LORD longs for deep in His heart? What would motivate a God like that? What would He possibly long for that He could not also manufacture in a heartbeat?
Every once in a while, we get a glimpse into the depth of God’s heart revealed in the Scriptures. Much like getting an up close and personal view of someone too grand and glorious for first-hand knowledge. As we read the words in the Bible, it’s as if we can hear His voice and sense His emotion.
Moses has gathered all of Israel together in Deuteronomy 5. He wanted one last review of what they were to remember as they entered the long awaited promised land without him. He recited their history with God, the Ten Commandments and their agreement to that covenant. It is at this point he tells them of the LORD’s response at hearing their professed agreement and obedience to His requirements of them. He says to Moses in verse 28-29, ” I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!”
And there it is, what an Immortal, Invisible God longs for….our heart! He wants a relationship with those He created and called to Himself. He longs for love to be reciprocated, and life to go well, for us and our children. Isn’t that amazing?!
What God chooses, is to allow US to choose. But He longs for us to choose Him! What makes this so amazing is the vulnerability this creates for the Lord. He is risking rejection with every creation!
I must admit that it is nothing less than profound to consider that I am wanted that much! To know that the Great I AM wants more than anything to be in a close intimate relationship with me inspires my love in return. It makes me want to know Him and love Him all the more, to make time for Him each day.
When you feel loved and pursued like that, it makes you want to give Him the worth He deserves. One of my favorite verses speak of this motivation to prioritize. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 says, ” For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and is raised again.”
This explains so well the wonderful cycle of love. Because He loves us and longs for us, then that woos us to live our lives for Him in return. Love compels devotion! What a life we have in Christ!
Are you living your life knowing this transformational truth? Do you know how earnestly He loves you and longs for your heart in return? This depth of love and value is life-changing! Nothing, and no one on this planet, can compare to the kind of powerful, pure emotion that God has for us.
This love was perfectly displayed for us on a cross long ago. God put love in action that day by giving His Only Son for our sin. And what He wants in return is the same as what He wanted from the Israelites. Our heart. Our love. Our life lived in communion with Him.
So enter in to this day dear one, knowing you are the desire of God’s heart. Make time for Him each day so that you can drink deep from the well of life-changing emotion He offers you. You can trust the Man who died for you. Now enjoy Him!