I find that the more I study God’s character, the better He gets. He is awesome, holy and righteous, yet loving and patient with us at the same time. He never stops pursuing us; He desires for us to be in His presence continuously, so that He can reveal more and more of Himself to us. The tabernacle in the wilderness described in Exodus is a place where we see this character in God.
The father of a tiny baby girl takes delight in every new little thing she does and can spend hours watching her — even when she’s sleeping. This is how God views us. He created the joy that comes from watching our children. He then put that same joy in our hearts. Just as when He finished creating the earth, He marveled at how excellent it was, He marvels at us now. (Genesis 1:31)
As a child grows up, she makes her own decisions and chooses her own way. She may choose to include her father in her life or not. She may choose to include God in her life or not. But when she does choose to include him, it brings him great joy. To have a child grow to be a friend and want to be with you is a great blessing.
But there’s a deeper intimacy that is rare. (more…)