What does God want from us?

Today’s Reading: Ezra 1:1-2:70, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23

In Psalm 27, we get a glimpse of God’s desire, His heart for us.

Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
    Be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
    And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

This is so similar to the first things I wrote in a very early blog entry, Where Are You? God was looking for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, simply to be with them. The words of Psalm 27 sound the same to me. God wants to communicate with us. He wants us to come to Him with open hearts, to receive His love and to love Him.

Throughout my life, I have been concerned with “doing God’s will,” with a real sense of fear that I would miss out on something as I made major life decisions (and sometimes minor decisions). Reading these verses gives me the confidence that the first thing that God wants from me is to come and talk with Him. Of course there are other things that God wants for me, including obedience and faithfulness to Him, but I am convinced that He wants these to grow out of a loving relationship with Him, rather than a sense of fear of missing out.

There are other things in today’s reading that stand out to me, particularly one case where a prophet (Jeremiah) clearly and correctly predicted that a future King Cyrus would help restore the temple in Jerusalem, but I will come back to that later. For today I want to focus on God’s simple, honest and heartfelt yearning to talk with us.

 

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