All people, no matter what their beliefs, life, culture, and personality want to be in love, but more importantly we want to be loved by someone. We crave deep relationships with others, and rightly so, we are creatures made to be better together (Genesis 2:18). There is nothing wrong with wanting people to live life with, but how often do we crave that with God? Personally, I sometimes struggle to have a deep desire to fall radically and uncontrollably in love with God.
Falling for the Invisible God
Who is God to you? Is He a grandfather-like figure in the sky? A firefighter you only turn to when your world is burning down? Someone you only see on Sundays? I am convinced that we all don’t see our God the way he truly is for many reasons: that we truly can’t understand His majesty and greatness, and that we are all too mesmerize with the world that we live in now to dwell in the Heavenly tomorrow.
All things in this world can be distracting to us. That does not mean that they are all necessarily wrong, but rather we may have a problem with the worldly things we are blessed to have. Do you love your spouse, your children, your ideal person, yourself, more than you do God? God must sit at the center of our hearts and out “loves” to be the center of our lives! This is not as simple as it sounds. Like any relationship, it has to take time and effort to create that sort of love.
So how can we fall in love with the invisible God? There is no overnight fix by our own power for this. Thankfully “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). Begin with prayer, and tell God where your hearts at, he already knows, so let’s be raw and uncensored with Him. The best way I know how to try and fall in love and know God more can be summed up with three words…
Retell, Relearn, Relove.
Retell. “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11)
How many times in a week do you figure you tell your story to someone else? How many times do you share God’s story? Our testimonies are very important and are part of God’s redemptive grand narrative, but how we tell our story as God’s story is so vitally important. It is to bring him the glory, and not to us. Retell your salvation story, the gospel story, and how they intertwine as much as you can. We as believers ought to set time aside to get together and tell one another the story of Jesus. Just taking turns telling each other the Gospel over coffee is one way we can retell. Then going out to the world to tell your story, and the gospel can not only help you fall madly in love with God, get you excited about what is to come, but also can impact the world and move the Kingdom.
Relearn. “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39)
In my own experience, I often tried to read the bible to simply be inspired. When I didn’t understand how the passages I read benefited me right away, I would close the book and walk away. But the funny thing about the Bible, is that it really isn’t about us. We read the Bible to learn more about God, and His story, and then, in turn, can learn something about our inmost beings, and our hearts. Read the scriptures to learn something new from them! Be intentional about your studying, and spend time reading more to get something from each word then to finish you devotional on time, or because you have to spend ten minutes with God. Relearn his story so that you can Relearn about Him! The Bible, and the Gospel will never lose their excitement if you continually are relearning them in new and in depth ways.
Relove. “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Without loving God, and I mean deeply, immensely, fully loving God, we can do nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). There is no point in trying before we fall in love with Him. To be able to be poured out we must first be filled by Him. This love I am talking about is one that I don’t think I have yet acquired, it is one that I strive for but don’t have in full. I love God, but I am not convinced that I am as in love with him as I could be. With spending time with him and praying, as well as retelling and relearning, we tend to find new ways to fall in love with our creator. It takes work to fall in love and stay there, just like any other relationship. Take time with God today to relove him, and develop your relationship further.