Part Three: Understanding our desire for More
Our quest to uncover this longing for more continues.....
Let us rejoice and exalt and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure….Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Revelation 19:7-9
The desire of your heart to be that bride beautifully clothed in white is valid. It is real, and it runs deep. To be the one chosen, to be called His, and to be reunited with your eternal husband is the desire of your heart. He comes for the chosen few, and He calls them the Bride of Christ. The husband we long for... is also Him.
When we understand that our desire to be loved, to be the bride and to be chosen are valid. We can release unrealistic expectations on the wrong people to fill a part of us they could never touch. In freeing them, we are freed. The truth sets us free.
Probably the most frightening yet enlightening Scripture to me is Matthew 7:21-23 in which Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of heaven:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
I hope it makes you question, do I know Him? I don't believe fear should ever drive someone to Jesus, but I think there is healthy conviction that allows us to look at our lives and discern which Gospel am I living by....the American Gospel or Jesus? I have learned they are far from the same, but it is easy to fall prey to believing they are, as I have done most of my life.
What does it mean to know Him? I will confess that I’m by no means a Greek or Hebrew scholar, but to understand the relationship we are called to, we must go deeper, so bear with me. In this New Testament passage, the knew in “I never knew you,” comes from the Greek word ginosko. It means to know, to learn to know, to understand, to perceive, and it is a Jewish idiom for sexual intimacy between a man and a woman. The Hebrew equivalent for this word is yada, which is found in Genesis 4:1, “Adam knew Eve and they bore a son.”
To know Him is a call far more demanding than to know of Him. To know Him the way He has called us to know Him requires time and devotion, and it demarks His desire for intimacy with us. Just as our hearts long for more of Him, His heart longs for more of us. He desires to consume our thoughts, our hearts, our lives, just as we have allowed men, our children, and our careers to consume us.
Yet God asks even more than we have given to our family and our work. What would happen if we gave Him the focus we have given “him”?
We gain a further understanding of the role of the husband from the words of Isaiah the prophet.
For your Maker is your husband—
The Lord Almighty is his name—
The Holy One of Israel is Your Redeemer.
This, sweet friends, is a verse to cling to, and believe me, I have called on it for the past several years as a single mother. Lord, step in as my husband. I need a Redeemer. To claim this Truth, you must know it! The Truth sets us free to receive the inheritance of His Bride.
Now, you may be wondering, if God is MORE and He alone is enough, then why Eve? If Adam was in complete communion with God, the more, why did he need Eve? I believe this act alone reveals the loving nature of our God for us, His children. He sees our need for companionship with others. He seeks to give to us fully, just as many of us have sought to give fully to our children. He spares nothing to show His love. The depth of his caring for us is evident from the creation of Eve, man’s helpmate, to the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus.
However, our relationships were never meant to replace our need and love for Him but rather to be birthed from our love of Him. When we are so full of Him and His love, we then can love others as He has called us to love them…..wholly or perhaps, holy. I have heard it said that a woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to go through Him to find her, and
I would say that the desires of a woman’s heart are so hidden in God that we must go through Him to find them.
Are you willing for the great exchange? Are you willing to give up your desires for His? For Him?
I know your heart. I know your longings. I placed them there. There is nothing in this world that will fill you. Nothing that will satisfy but me. I am the I am. I am the More! I am what your soul longs for….the living water that it thirsts for. Will you trust that I know what is best for you? Will you trust that My plans are greater? Will you walk in faith that I am a God of love with only the best intentions for my children? You are here because I have chosen you. You are precious, and I love you. I will never leave or forsake you….will you trust this? Will you trust me enough to seek my desires, my ways, my heart? My love for you, you can not fathom. Return to this love and find there is more!
Spend some time being still over the weekend and asking God to reveal the desires of your heart. What does He bring to mind? What would make you happy, content or satisfied? What do you long for? What are you missing? As you share these longings with your Eternal Husband, ask Him to exchange your desires for His. Be willing to release the desires that He has not placed in your heart, and be willing to align your desires with His.
I believing He is a God of upgrades, and when you get this, it is easy to hand over your desires!
In His Wings,