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Throughout all of mankind’s time here on earth, the Creator of all the universe has desired to be with him. I find that incomprehensible. How could the God of all, the God whose ways are not our ways and thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8) still desire to spend time with humans? It’s truly amazing, isn’t it? You would think that He would find us crass, verbose and totally unlikeable. We are so beneath Him and yet He has provided ways for us throughout all of time to fellowship with Him. It’s unfathomable to me, but yet so true.
In the very beginning of the book of Genesis, we find the Lord walking among His children to talk with them and delight in them in the Garden of Eden. He spoke with Adam and Eve and provided everything they needed for the sheer joy of being with them.
Another example we find is in Genesis 5:24. In this verse we see that “Enoch walked with God; and he was not for God took him.” Enoch and God had such an intense relationship that death was simply cancelled. God desired an even closer walk with Enoch, so his flesh was simply gone. Enoch continued to walk with God right into eternity.
Throughout history God has made ways for companionship with us and we, as fallen humans, keep destroying that intimacy. God makes a way, we mess up, fellowship with God is broken and God makes another way. He never gives up on us! He keeps wooing us to His side. Over and over again we see this in Scripture.
God once again makes a way to communicate with His people in Exodus 25. He wants fellowship, but He is such a holy God that He must find ways to communicate without destroying us. We simply cannot handle His glory. So, He instructs the children of Israel to build the Ark of the Covenant. Once again, we find God making a way for us to fellowship with Him, a way for us to know that He is indeed God, but He still wants us. His patient pursuit of us overwhelms me. Every time we mess up, He finds a way. Even the punishment we see throughout the Old Testament is simply a tool to bring humanity back into fellowship with Him. Good and bad, blessings and curses were all designed to foster in them (and us) the desire to seek the Lord.
When we get to the New Testament, we see the ultimate sacrifice to gain communion for all time with humanity in the life of Jesus. God Himself became flesh for us to walk in complete fellowship with us. He stayed with us for thirty-three years walking among us, teaching us, healing us and then sacrificed Himself for all mankind so that permanent fellowship with God could be achieved. Indescribable! It’s one thing to cajole and encourage throughout history and quite another to give Your own life. Oh, what a Savior!
Do you think that was the end of it? It’s not. We have still more evidence that God desires relationship with us. Ever hear of the Holy Spirit? Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we now not only have external fellowship with God, but internal fellowship as well. The God of the universe chooses to live inside of all those who receive Him as Lord and Savior. Unbelievable! I am in wide-eyed wonder that God’s Spirit resides in us to have continual communion with us. I know me and I wouldn’t want to live inside of me, but God loves me so much that He invades every part of me so that I can have intimate fellowship with Him. We can have this fellowship continually with no interruptions. How precious is that?
Do you think we are done? Not quite. Remember I Corinthians 15:51-57? It says, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” Here we see that Jesus not only wants our souls and our spirits, but eventually He even wants our old, corruptible bodies to be redeemed so that every part of us can have eternal fellowship with Him. He wants all of us in complete communion with Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 says, “… and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
So, what do we do with this knowledge? I just want you to be inspired today. I want you to realize that the Lord of the universe wants to be with you. He doesn’t have to be because He’s God and that’s His job; He wants to be with you. You are not the exception. If you were the only human being on the planet for all time, God would still have made every provision for you to commune with Him. He loves you. He desires to be with you. Ask Him to show you every way that He has lured you to Himself and stand in wonder of His work. You are loved. You are wanted. Rest in that today.