Enjoy His Love
When my friend Mary went to see her granddaughters, she took them shopping and offered to buy them each one thing they wanted. The younger girl, as usual, wanted a book. "And what do you want?" she asked the other.
"Nothing. I just wanted to be with you," she replied. Sometimes we need to come to God without offering requests but simply desiring to enjoy His presence.
God longs for those He loves to enjoy His fellowship. He enjoys ours. Jesus promises that if we simply open the door, He will come in and eat with us (Revelation 3:20).
The Greek word for eat means more than just having a brief snack together; it means sharing the main meal of the day.
Jesus encountered the woman at the well-a woman others would not have bothered to speak to and took time to correct her concept about worship. Why? Because He knew that His Father loved her and yearned for her fellowship.
"God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth," Jesus told her (John 4:24). Wanting to encourage her to approach God, He told her that God anticipates the worship of those who come in spirit and in truth.
We grieve our Heavenly Father more than we imagine when we act as though He is a stern or even distant God only slightly interested in us. More than anything else, we need to "know and rely on the love God has for us" (I John 4:16).
Thank You, God, that You are not an angry judge watching for my slightest faults but a loving Father longing for my fellowship.
"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16).