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#26 – Thursday – March 30, 2017

#26 – Thursday – March 30, 2017
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3
The boy finally mustered up his nerve and asked the object of his affection on a date-sort of. “You, um, wouldn’t want to go out by any chance…would you?” It’s the right question, but expressed in a way that reveals an underlying assumption that a yes is extremely unlikely. And with that kind of approach it probably is.
Yet that’s how we often approach God. “You, um, wouldn’t want to actually show me Your Presence by any chance…would You?” “You’re probably not going to do anything unusual when I pray today…are You?” “I could wait in Your Presence some more…I mean, if it matters.” We know God wants us to spend time with Him-for our sake. But we often assume that on His end, He’s a take-it-or-leave-it God, the kind who might say, “You missed your time with Me today, didn’t you? Oh well, that’s your loss.” We suspect He doesn’t miss our presence.
But He does. The heart of God shows up in this passage. No one could say, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” and then be casual about whether we are into the relationship. This love cannot have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. It must have a response in order to be satisfied.
In order to feel God’s Presence, we have to believe He wants us-that He desires our affection and feels some sense of loss when we don’t give it to Him. The idea that God is too big or too satisfied to be touched or moved by us is unbiblical and a contradiction to the heart of “unfailing love.” Know that He enjoys you and wants to spend time with you. A lot of it.
Father, it’s hard for me to imagine Your missing me or desiring me. But according to Your revealed heart, You do. I can come to You confidently because You want me to.

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