Have you ever wondered why love is something everyone in the world wants? Have you ever wondered why romantic love is so intoxicating? Have you ever wondered why love makes you feel warm inside and makes you want to be better? Have you ever wondered why the world has made an idol out of love?
I have wondered all these things and for the longest time I could come up with only one simple, and truthfully unsatisfying, answer: We all have a hole in our heart that only God can fit.
That answer is true and we all need to take our time and realize how true it is but today when i was listening to a very old Believers Voice Of Victory broadcast on knowing God i found a answer that every christian should know.
Why is marriage so beautiful and why does it compare to our relationship with Christ? Why is it so bubbly and passionate and wonderful? Because every time we love as God loved us we find ourselves right in the middle of knowing God. Deeply, truly, surely. Why is love such a huge part of what God came to give us and show us? Because its the only way to know him!
Many, many people who read 1 john 4:7 take an instant guilt trip – myself included. We say things like I must not know God because I always fly off the handle whenever so and so does such and such. Im a horrible christian. How could I study my bible and go to church so much and still not know God?
That’s NOT what that verse is trying to say! Gods trying to tell us “Hey you know that feeling you get in your stomach – those flutters you call butterflies? That’s me talking to you. You know those moments that you sacrifice what you want because you care so deeply about the other person and you feel warm inside? Thats my smile. You know those moments when your angry but you choose to back away and you begin to feel calm again? That’s my arms holding you up above it all. Everything you do in love brings you closer to me and brings upon you another revelation of me.”
God calls us to Love others so we can know Him. He wants us to so deeply love others so that we can never find anything but His love! God puts that desire for romantic love within us because it is the most beautiful opportunity to KNOW HIM.
What is it to really know God? The hebrew word ginosko means to convey a divine connection with God, completely understanding God and being so intimate with God that you are One with Him! So when God tells us to be still and KNOW Him He is saying reconnect with me, remember who I am, understand my character and how it applies to you, come so near to me that we are one and all your worries and burdens melt away.
Knowing God isnt passive. Knowing God shouldnt be something that we can do sitting around nor should it be something we can do without words of it passing our lips. Think of how your crush makes you feel. You should feel that ten times more with KNOWING God. You know how whenever you see that one person you feel like you might burst if you dont find your best friend and have a giggle fest right away? God wants it to be the same with Him. He wants to be the one Person who makes you want to wake up every morning. He wants to be what makes you smile. He wants to make you jump up and down and shout His name and His goodness. He wants to make those butterflies flutter in your stomach. He wants to make you giggle and blush. He wants to give you that warm feeling on the inside.
Why did God create romantic love here on earth? It certainly isnt the reason we all used to think. Its not the drug or idol the world makes it out to be. Nor is it only serious and dangerous like us christians might imagine it. God made attraction and romance and love because He wanted us to see and feel tangibly, in the physical world, WHO HE IS.
Love, Deanna ❤