Don’t forget who He is.
This King of the Universe, this Grand Designer of heaven and of earth and of you.
Don’t forget who He is. Don’t take Him lightly. Don’t get a glimpse of Him and then go on with your day thinking that you’ve got this.
Because, guess what – you don’t. He does. He’s got this. This little life of Yours, He’s chosen to put it right in front of His eyes, right inside the palm of His hand.
Like a delighted craftsman, He looks at You and says, “Oh, this is good.”
Like a Loving Father, He directs and guides You and says, “Oh, see that I’m good.”
Like a jealous Lover, He runs after Your heart and says, “Don’t call anything else good. Only I am Good. All Goodness is found in Me. And oh, how I long for you to just turn your gaze back to me and remember how I Love you, to remember that I am good.”
“Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely.” Song of Songs 2:14, NLT
But maybe you forgot. Maybe you forgot that “everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory.” (Romans 11:36, NLT) This is the greatness of our God. Without Him we have nothing. Without Him we are nothing. Without Him there is nothing.
To taste and see that the Lord is Good (Psalm 34:8) is delightful and invigorating, but here we are, forgetting His utter greatness. And in our forgetting, sometimes we merely crave His presence like we crave our morning coffee. We want to taste and see so we can feel strong and move forward. We’ve had our coffee and our Jesus and then we close the door of our room on the empty mug and…God forgive us…on the very Lover of our souls.
Oh Jesus, I’m so so sorry.
When will we see how He jealously longs for us? When will we see that, while we so feel like we must fight and we must fend for ourselves and we must make things happen – His heart for us is actually contrary to all of that. He is offering us a Love so much deeper, so much greater, so much more intimate than this work-worn striving…so much more than this taking a sip of Him and then leaving Him behind and hoping the little taste that we got will get us through today.
Maybe you didn’t know there was something different being held out to us by this most amazing of Loves, something so much greater and more tender…something so much stronger. Maybe you didn’t know that His presence is even more real in the midst of our daily tasks than even inside our little holy prayer closets…but we have to let Him stay ever with us to know that it is so.
Because He is a God of Love, and Love does not force itself upon anyone.
Friend, it’s here in these long days and these painful battles and these rending heartaches and these messy hallways, it’s in this raising of children and the meeting of deadlines and the deep deep ache of longing for purpose and meaning – it’s here in these things that we face every day that He wants to reveal our union with Him…because it’s here that He fights for us (Deut. 1:30; Ex. 14:14), sticks with us (Is. 52:12), and walks us into and through the very purpose He has designed for our lives (Prov. 19:21).
But we’ve got to let Him. We have to let Him and He’s standing at the door and knocking in hopes that maybe, just maybe, we will.
“I slept, but my heart was awake,
When I heard my lover knocking and calling:
‘Open to me, my treasure, my darling,
my dove, my perfect one…’
But I responded,
‘I have taken off my robe.
Should I get dressed again?
I have washed my feet.
Should I get them soiled?’
My lover tried to unlatch the door,
and my heart thrilled within me.
I jumped up to open the door for
I opened to my lover,
but he was gone!
My heart sank.
I searched for him
But could not find him anywhere.”
(excerpts from Song of Songs 5:2-6, NLT)
He comes, He knocks, He longs for you. But you’re sleepy and warm in your little bed made up of what you’ve always known. You’ve been lulled into complacency and exhaustion by your fleshly striving – somehow comfortable there even though it’s not working. You love Him, yes, but can you be bothered to change your ways, to get up and open the door to Him, to let Him into your life where He can stand by you in these very things that are making you so weary?
Don’t forget who He is. This majestic and holy One, the Creator of all things – yet Loving you so much that He wants to stoop down to make you great (Psalm 18:35). Don’t forget who He is and then shut Him out, because He too knows that a relationship goes two ways. He knows in His Love that He can’t just break down the door…He longs to be invited in and He deserves to be heeded (He is the King of Kings, after all!). So if He’s knocked and knocked and then you finally go to answer and He’s not right there…well…
Go searching for Him...
And when you find Him – Oh sweet Jesus – fall at His feet and ask for forgiveness and tell Him how deeply you Love Him. And I assure You, when You find Him, you’ll find His song over you has never stopped. He’s been singing all along,
“You are beautiful, my darling, beautiful beyond words.” Song of Solomon 4:1a, NLT
God is good. His Love never fails.
But, like Aslan, He is good but not tame. We mustn’t allow His beautiful, holy splendor to be downgraded to a cup of coffee. Oh God forgive us. Forgive us for this error.
We will tap into His greatness when we open to His completeness, His terrifyingly glorious intimacy of constant communion and jealous Love that is longing to be fully united with us, His children. And therein lies His grace. And oh, what grace that is...
“Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you.” Ephesians 6:10, TPT
“Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life, providing you with a secure foundation that grows and grows.” Ephesians 3:17, TPT
“Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!” Colossians 1:27, TPT