I miss my family.
|Just a small portion of my family in Ohio|
I haven't been able to go home for a visit for 10 years. I long to see the faces I love, to hug them, to catch up with all that's going on in their lives.
Today I found this verse in the book of James 4:5
"...do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?"...and I found myself amazed that God longs for time spent with us. He planted his Spirit with is at the point of our salvation so that we would be able to share sweet communion with Him. Through the Spirit, God communicates with us, he comforts us, leads us, reveals more of himself to us, but it's not a one-way street. The Spirit also conveys to God, our great love for him, the Spirit helps us pray when we don't know how to pray. the Spirit communicates the deepest cry of our hearts to the Father.
On those days when we get too busy to spend some Quiet Time with God in prayer and in the Word, God jealously longs to connect with us through the Spirit that he planted in us. Jealousy - now that's a word that I don't readily associate with God, but that's just what the verse says. What would God have to be jealous about, concerning me?
The verses just before verse 5 tell us that when we get too distracted by the world and all it has to offer - when we get too busy to sit with God - when other things occupy our thoughts and heart, he gets jealous. Jealousy doesn't occur without love. God loves us. He longs to spend time with his children and when that doesn't happen - He misses his family.
When was the last time you sat with God?
Do you have a regular appointment to meet with Him?
Remember, God's Spirit dwells in your if you belong to Him and God longs to connect with you through the Spirit. You are dearly loved, to the point of making God jealous when other things become more important to you than he is.
Spend some time with Him today - reconnect your heart to His. He's longing for you.
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