Day 45: Falling In Love With God (April 14th)
Reading: Ephesians 3:17–19
Since I was a teenager, I had always heard about the joy of falling in love. I was told about the butterflies in the stomach, goose bumps, and the overwhelming desire for that first kiss. The desire to fall in love always motivated me to search for that one special girl.
After 29 years of living, I believed that I had found that one. She was a beautiful young girl whom I met at church. I finally believed that I met someone who intimately loved me, greatly desired me, and found joy in being near to me. I concluded that she was the one I wanted to spend my life with. I proposed to her and she said yes.
My dream of love and marriage was taken away in a day. During the planning of our wedding, my fiancé announced that she was not ready to marry me. There was nothing I could say or do to change her mind. I silently wondered if I would ever truly have someone to love me.
I discovered how wrong I was when I came into the presence of the Lord Jesus. It was in Him that I found someone who loved me unconditionally. This love was gentle and tender and comforted me in my darkest moments. And His love was so great that He was willing to give His life that I might enjoy Him and His presence forever. After knowing this, I have no other desire than to love the one who first loved me. The love of God has me in a straitjacket that I do not want to remove. I have truly fallen in love.
Like me, you may have never known the feeling of truly falling in love. You may have felt that you were not worthy of such a love. But when you come to see Jesus for who He is and what He has done for you, your heart will melt in a deep, unrelenting, and unquenchable passion for God.
Prayer: Father, thank you for this time of drawing close to you. I will treasure in my heart all the things that you showed me and I look forward to building on the things I have learned. Give me strength to continue to seek you. Amen.