I have been questioned regarding the walk I have with the Lord as others look on and observe a genuine desire of my heart to pursue a close relationship with Him and see it intently lived out in my life. I thought about this desire that I have and how to respond to this question. My answer is not complicated at all. It is the exact opposite because it is simple.
The simplicity of it is that you must simply want it.
I wondered how that answer would sound. But I thought about it and looked at it from various angles. It is the only answer I have. We must simply long for it.
Isn’t it in some ways similar to the other significant relationships in our lives that we want?
The ones we pursue…
The ones we make time for…
The ones we open up our hearts to…
Except with others there are times it will not work. The other person won’t always reciprocate, they aren’t interested and they don’t return your interest.
That cannot be said about God.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
Nothing can come between us…
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is the love that captured my heart when I heard the gospel message preached in a small rural church when I was an eleven year old girl, and it still captures my heart more than four decades later—and has in all the in between.
It is because of His great LOVE that I want to have a close relationship with the Lord.
Truth be told, having lived in this relationship for decades now, now I want Him even more.
1 John 4:19
We love Him because He first loved us.