But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, Ephesians 2:4
Last week during the middle of a worship service, the Lord whispered something into my spirit: “I love to love you!” The voice of my Father took my breath away. It was such a sweet thing for Him to say. It was so intimate! Several years ago, I would never even imagined that I would hear Him say something so special to me.
Sometimes we forget that God wants to be divinely intimate with us. We quickly go through our prayer list during our quiet time or we sing along with the songs during the worship service but do we allow Him that place of intimacy? That depth of relationship where He can whisper sweet things into our ears. Do we hunger to hear His voice?
I know we all go through different phases in our relationship with Him just as we do with our spouse, children, and friends. Sometimes I don’t feel as close to my husband as I do at other times (Don’t tell him that!). But I believe God is calling us into a deeper level of trust, intimacy and fellowship. Our relationship is not just about knowing who He is but also how very much we are loved. He died so that we could enter into this deep fellowship with Him.
Often, we spend time telling Him our needs when He simply wants to tell us how much He loves us and desires to care for us. Or, we allow our problems to weigh so heavily on our hearts that we are more self-focused than God focused which hinders us from hearing His voice. I want my ears to be sensitive so that I hear His gentlest of whispers. I know that means I have to be listening, but I also have to know how very much He loves me and desires that intimate fellowship too. So many people tell me that they don’t feel intimate with God or that they don’t hear His voice. Most of the time, it’s because they doubt His unconditional love and mercy. His Word is full of sweet messages of love. Ephesians 2:4 talks about the great love with which He loved us. So, as we begin 2016, I encourage you to spend time in the Scriptures reading about how very loved and cherished you are. Go deeper and then go deeper still! Don’t be satisfied until you have found that place of divine intimacy between you are your beloved Savior.
Blessings on your year ahead!