I haven’t posted on here in quite some time. It may have even been a couple of years. But nevertheless, I’m writing now.
Recently I started reading a book called “Wild at Heart” and it has really gotten me thinking. To clarify, it has got me thinking that everything that I knew about the nature of God may not have been who He was at all. I was really puzzled when this idea sort of “dropped” in my spirit. Because I know that I know God, so how could everything I know about His nature be wrong? Had I missed a crucial idea in the foundation of how I thought about the Almighty? The answer is yes and no. Yes, I had missed an idea but all my knowledge about who He was wasn’t wrong.
God is all-knowing and He himself never ends. For instance, the Bible says that the mercies of God are new every morning. AKA, they never end. But is not just merciful, He IS merciful. It’s in His nature. Not His actions, but his aspects go on and on. Another example, “His love never fails”. That song is probably sung in more churches around the US than any other song on any given Sunday. His love goes on and on forever. Here His love as an action, something He does. But in John 4:8 it says that “God IS love.” (emphasis added)
So what am I saying about all this? Everything that I knew about His nature wasn’t wrong, it was merely the surface of who He is. When that idea dropped in my spirit it wasn’t God saying, “Hey, this is actually who I am. You should start looking at me through these lenses.” It was Him saying, “TAKE THE LENSES OFF! And just start seeing Me for who I am and not by your preconceived ideas on how I work. Or I bring mercy or redemption, or how I show my love.”
For lack of a better term, God is shaking my foundation of my knowledge of who He is. I believe it was Paul who wrote “in order for me to truly know God, I have to take everything that I thought I knew about Him and count it as loss.” Well this is me counting all that I knew as loss.
But then I was driving tonight and just thinking about the love of God. Pretty generic, I know. But I was thinking about how it came to me and how I find it over and over again. This where I really had to put off everything that I thought I knew. For so long I imagined God in Heaven being somewhat angry about my lack of seeking Him. Or at least just pushing me to do it to get through another day or whatever.
But then this revelatory fact just happened to hit me in the face. This whole relationship with God has everything to do with seeking. That’s the adventure. Take for instance the man who found a treasure in a field and sold everything he had to get it. (There are many ideas on what the treasure symbolizes: Christ the man and the treasure His church, Christ the treasure and us the man. The list continues) But I want to look at it from the latter. That Christ is the treasure and we (the church) are the man. If the man was simply handed a treasure as if it were a passing fancy, he probably would not value it very highly. But the fact that is was hidden in a field and he had to sell everything to get it. That’s intriguing. That is an adventure. And that’s basically the basis of every single persons relationship with the Father. An adventure.
That’s why He says He hides himself, that we should seek Him, and that we draw nigh He will as well. It’s all about finding Him. It’s a series of hoops to jump through to say who’s the more spiritual. “Well I pray for 5 hours every day.” “Well I read the entire new testament every morning before my first cup of Joe.” COOL! But are you finding Him? That’s the whole point. Is what you’re doing every second of everyday helping you find Him and find out more about His nature? That’s the whole point. It’s to find Him over and over and over again.
God is not only our Father, but the Love of our Souls. He is our bridegroom. This part is probably a little taboo, but who cares. Intimacy is dead without either one in the relationship trying. That’s why guys have “game” and girls “play hard to get”. Because it’s exciting. You have to work for it. Why do you think God hides himself? Why do you think He asks us to seek Him? It’s an adventure. It’s all about the trill of finding Him. You treasure His presence much more after days of fasting and hours of travailing than if He just showed up in Shekinah glory whenever you said “Hey, what’s up.” It’s all about finding Him.
That’s all it’s ever been about. That’s all it will every be about. When He heals, it’s about finding out who He is as healer. When he sets you free, it’s all about finding out who He is as deliverer. The list goes on. God’s attributes, qualities, and aspects are inexhaustible. You will never stop finding Him, only if you never stop searching for Him. Did He not say seek and you shall find? Ask and it shall be given to you? Keep seeking, keep asking. This is me finding out a little bit more about who He is, one adventure at a time.