Powerful. Mighty. All-knowing. All-seeing. Forgiving. Merciful. These are all words we typically use to describe God. And while exceedingly true, sometimes we just don’t think of any other words to describe Him. We hardly would use the word ‘cuddly’ to describe God, though I think it couldn’t be more fitting for Him. We hardly use words like ‘playful’ to describe Him. We have often concentrated on God’s strength and brawn to the point we’ve lost sight of His emotion. We know that our God is a loving God and a merciful one. We’ve been taught that for a long time. But there is more to it than just that. Sometimes we don’t comprehend the absolute magnitude of that love, and the intricate emotions that it encompasses.
We would hardly think of God as desperate. Yet He displays in His love that He feels such deep passion for you that He would die for you. He desperately loves you.
I think one of the most beautiful things about God is the fact that He holds all of the power in the universe. He could strike you down where you stand. He could clash galaxies in such a destruction that it would rip the very fabrics of existence. But instead of simply sitting on that throne, watching down on us with disappointment and disgust, His Spirit stepped down from it, descended down to our fallen world and limited Himself to a mortal body, for the sole purpose of enduring the most excruciating torture known to man. Within that torture, soaking up every sin calculable to man–past, present, and future–and residing within a body that has become the very thing He is repugnant to, the very thing He hates–sin. Then, to die and be reduced to the grave and to dust.
All the while, the only thing on His mind is you.
Some people say Jesus did it for all of mankind–which is true. But they don’t believe in personalizing it and saying Jesus died specifically for them. You must realize, Jesus not only is the Son of God, but He also is God. And we know God’s mind is perfect, just as He is. So if His mind is perfect, don’t you think He would be able to see past, present, and future? Don’t you think He would be able to know every single person who has ever or will ever exist, even in that moment in time, before they were born or after they died?
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Jesus had every capability of preventing the crucifixion. He could have simply decided, “I want to make myself the most exalted person on the planet” and instantly the nations would have worshiped Him and set Him as their monarch. Think if you were in His shoes. Would you have done that? Would you walk willingly into the greatest and most soul-crushing torture on Earth in order to save your friend–a friend that has back-stabbed you over and over again, a friend that has done nothing for you, nor given you anything, a “friend” that might not even love you… or would you save yourself and make yourself into a king? Most of us would choose to escape. But God knew what had to be done. He stretches Himself out over a wooden cross even though you might not love Him in return, and as they drive the nails into His wrists, you are the only thing on His mind.
“I’ve got to do this for Ethan,” He said. Put your own name in there. Feel the power of what God did.
If we took every drop of water on the planet and lined them up in a single line, we’d have a line that was tens of billions of miles long. And if we told God, “you have to run this and back to save me.” He would run so fast His legs would catch flame. God wants us, He makes us with the original intention of having a deep relationship with us, expecting to see us return to Him when it’s all over. But the world corrupts us, turns us dark, and we back away from Him. I can only imagine how He feels, how He must weep, sobbing in His scarred hands when one of us rejects Him. He desires such a closeness.
Most of the time we picture ourselves chasing God, as though He is elusive. But in my life I’ve found that it is just the opposite. God chases us. He will go to any drastic measure to pull you back in the right direction. I’m sure sometimes He would much rather force us to love Him, but in order to remain true to the way He is, He gives us free will. He loves us so much He would let us choose whether or not we love Him in return. But we should never run from God, or elude Him. We should never grieve Him. Just like a Dad that’s lost their child in an accident, I assume is how God feels when we live our life without Him.
Just like we should never deprive ourselves of God, we should never deprive Him of us. Not because we deserve Him, because we don’t. He is perfect and we are imperfect, and we are rotten. But when we dig up a geode full of crystals, we don’t look at the rocks and stones the crystals are attached to. We just look at the crystals. The same is with God. We don’t deserve Him, but He loves us still. He overlooks our sins and sees our hearts, our personalities. He created us with all of our traits and talents. And He knows our flaws and weaknesses. And He even gives us those same flaws so that He, as a Father, can teach us things from them. If we give those flaws to Him, He is good to us in that He will be our strength in those areas of weakness.
“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
God died to give you salvation, but then He rose from the grave to give you strength. We receive our redemption from the sacrifice He made in substitution for our lives. We receive righteousness and renewal from that. But we often forget, Christ rose so that His Spirit would still be ever-present and working continually through the world. We are strengthened in that He is still alive today.
God wants intimacy. He wants you to give Him your problems. Because He knows you can’t handle it on your own. We as humans only see about 10% of the things that go on. We don’t see the details and behind-the-scenes on-goings of the things unfolding right in front of our faces. Things happen all around us that impact our situation that we never hear about. We can’t always help what happens, and we can’t predict what will happen next. How in the world can we even survive? How can an unsaved person even live this life? God sees 100%. He will not bring us to something He cannot get us through.
God thinks good things about you. He is constantly rooting you on. I sometimes like to tell people, “your biggest fanclub is in Heaven.” I can’t even imagine God’s cheering, His pure, loud, deafening happiness when we get saved, or do something out of our love for Him.
A good Dad doesn’t like to see their child hurting. But a great Dad will not only hate to see it, but use it to teach their child something.
Sometimes we rebel against our parents because we tell ourselves “I can handle this.” We want to be independent. We don’t like our parents’ rules. And we become so defiant that our parents simply let us do what we want to do. They stop speaking, they let us have the reigns. They let us figure out the hard truth for ourselves. We don’t know anything about the world. Maybe there was a reason we should’ve listened to them. Maybe they were trying to tell us something. And it is no different with God. He lets us fall, He lets us drop to our lowest so we can realize what He was trying to tell us. Sometimes He lets us fall to our lowest, so when we surrender and allow Him to pull us out, we see not only the distance He can take us, but also the reminder that we should always trust Him.
He does nothing out of selfishness, but everything out of love for us. You might think God has something better to do with His time. But honestly, does He really? What else is there to do as creator of mankind, other than mingle with it and direct the lives of those who love Him? God is in the business of guiding us. He gets a thrill from lifting us up. And in turn, we lift Him up. You are created, divinely molded from eternal hands. Why would God create you and just throw you to the wolves? Why would He just turn away?
God would be pretty lonely if He didn’t make us for Him to love, and for us to love Him. I can imagine God as sensitive at the heart. In order to be perfect, He must have a sense of justice and hate sin, demanding its destruction. But for humans themselves, apart from their sin, He has a soft spot, a tenderness, an attraction. He has an uncontrollable thirst for us. Especially when we are weak. He is magnetized by our weaknesses and insecurities, because that is where He can fill those holes with His strength.
And we’re told that when we go to Heaven, our reward for simply acknowledging Him in our lives, is Himself.
“After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)
“2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3)
There is nothing in all of existence as pretty, beautiful, great, wonderful, or more worth our desire than God Himself. God wanted to give us the greatest gift that was literally possible. He then realized that there is nothing in the universe greater than Him, so He decided to give us Himself. God is perfect. There is nothing more precious in any world, above or below, than God Himself. There is nothing more lovely, nothing more glorious. In all the expanses of heaven, earth, and hell, nothing compares.
I can only imagine the day I wake up in the afterlife. Earth seems like only a bad dream, like none of it was even real. Because this new world is more real than real. We can see things more clearly, feel things in greater detail, taste and smell and hear like never before. We experience a plethora of emotions and sensations that were physically impossible for our earthly bodies. Our new bodies are heavenly, beautiful, spotless. But they still can’t compare to God. God cannot create anything better than Him.
I can just imagine the moment I first look upon Him. We often don’t imagine what it will be like. But I think it’s important to invest our imagination into thinking about these moments in the future. If you’ve ever met a celebrity or seen one in person, you know the bubbly, excited, amazed feeling you get in your stomach. The surrealism of seeing them in real life, and how you view the fact that you got the opportunity to meet them. Yet even those moments are nothing compared to this one. The Man we’ve heard about since we were born, the one who started it all. He’s right in front of us, within arm’s reach. And we can simply reach out and touch Him. Arrayed in light and glowing like nothing we’ve ever seen before. I imagine this golden glittering aura flowing through His white gown as He sits with me, holding me in His arms and telling me, “It’s okay, my son. It’s all over. Well done.”
Those are the words I want to hear. And that is why I strive toward works that will make Him proud.
God is an emotional God. And His love is incomprehensible, incredible, and indestructible. God is Love.