God Misses Us
A woman of prayer was describing what she had heard in response to the question she puts before Jesus each morning. Her question is, "What do you want me to tell the people?" Often the response she received was, "Tell the people that I love them." Then one day the reply came: "Tell the people that I miss them."
In the preface to The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer writes that we have lost our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence.
Yet our Lord wants our fellowship! When Jesus told the disciples, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you" (Luke 22:15), He used an emphatic word for "eagerly desires." In other contexts, the word is translated as "lust." He was saying, "I long intensely to have communion with you."
Satan hates for us to have any comprehension of how much God longs for our fellowship, so he implants thoughts such as, "God doesn't love you now that you've failed Him again." But God loves us because of what He is; not because of what we do. He is rich in love and He lavishes it upon us continually.
Think of this! We have a God who is gloriously happy singing over His people with joy. The angels sang at the creation, but God himself is singing over us!
God wants a romance with us. He notices those who want with all their hearts to communicate their love to Him. "I was seeking you," He whispers to those who come to Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).
There's a price to be paid for intimacy with God but it's worth it.
Dear Father, give me grace today to withdraw inwardly to meet You in adoring silence.
"Come close to God and He will come close to you" (James 4:8 Amplified).