I Just Want to be With You
I recently read an article about a husband and wife ministry team who were reminded how precious their time together was by the death of two friends. In our busy, hectic lives we tend to think nothing will change.
As I finished the article it occurred to me that God has been telling His people for thousands of years, “I just want to be with you.”
It began on the sixth day of creation when God said, “Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness…..So God created man.” It moved on into the seventh day of creation when God created the Sabbath, planted a garden and took the man, placed him in the garden, where He spent time with the man, and later with the wife He created for him. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:1-3, 8, 15-25; 3:8)
God did not leave Adam and Eve even though they had disobeyed Him. He took them out of the garden, but He stayed with them because they taught their children what God had taught them. (Genesis 4:1-4)
God stayed with His people even though they spent over four hundred years in slavery. When the time came, He took them out and protected them with a could by day and fire by night. He led them through the sea on dry ground, fed them in the wilderness and led their children to the promised land. (Exodus 1:2-20; Joshua 1:1-5)
As we see throughout the Old Testament, no matter how far the people went from God, He was right there with them.
In Jeremiah 31:31-33, we see that God wants more than a physical obedience. He wants a heart-felt, deep-from-within, love for Him from His people. He wants a living sacrifice from us. (Romans 12:1)
God has a love for us that is beyond our comprehension. Yet He expects us to show His love to others. We do this by God dwelling in us through His Holy Spirit. (John 3:16-17, 16:13; Galatians 5:22-23)
Throughout the new Testament, Jesus and the apostles tell of God’s great desire for people to let Him into their lives. He doesn’t want to see any of us fail. (John 10:25-30; 2Peter 3:9)
We come to Revelations 21:3, 7, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God….He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be My son." (Revelations 22:1-5, 7)
God’s deepest desire is for His people to dwell with Him for all eternity. Truly, He wants to be with YOU.
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