The Godward Urging (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 322)
Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Deep within all of our hearts is a longing to know and be known by the One who never forgets us and never ceases to love us. When we speak of being near to or far away from God, we are expressing in terms of language this thing that is very common to human relationships. Being close to or far from someone does not denote mere distance in location, but distance within the relationship.
David knew that to know God for who he is, he had to be close to him. God wants such a close relationship with his children that we can even feel his heartbeat as he propels us and strengths us on our journey. We are not on a journey of mere searching; we are all propelled by a quiet Godward urging deep within the recesses of our souls that cause us to want to know God because nearly everything around us void of meaning and devoid of that glory and presence that represents God himself.
God beckons us to come into his presence, like a father to a child, so that we can be more consciously aware of his perfect will and his unconditional love and his incomprehensible grace. We don’t have to shout across the annals of history to find God nor do we have to run to a mecca to feel God’s presence. God is not far; God is not absent. He is nearer to us than our body parts are connected to each other. He is closer than our innermost thoughts.
What causes some people to seek God and others to remain in little light? Why is it that God reveals himself to some and not to everybody all at once? Of course, God doesn’t play favorites; He loves all his children the same and desires for us to know and fulfill his will. But the difference is more with us. To know God on a deeper level, we have to be open to receiving his word and to communing with him on a daily basis. Doing this requires that we surrender ourselves — our wills, our motives, our intentions, our agendas — to him.
Giving up all the stuff we think we need but is really no longer serving a purpose allows us to become spiritually aware of who God is and who we are in God. When you feel that deep prodding and longing on the inside, that is God calling you to sit at the table of the beloveds and cultivate a Godward attitude so that your soul will be set on fire to experience the good and abundant life. When you hear that voice and feel a continuous tugging, don’t ignore it; yield to it. It is that Godward urging calling you home.
“How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each Truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.”
— J.I. Packer