When God created the heavens and the earth and the animals He then said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” Genesis 1:26a God was looking for someone with whom He could be in relationship. We were made for relationship. Man had been created in God’s image. God is a triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit each in intimately connected to the other. Since we are created in God’s image we also need intimacy. God wants to have that intimate relationship with us.
In the garden before the fall of man, man had a relationship with God that was intimate. (Genesis 3:3-9) For man to have been afraid of the sound of God walking in the garden, he must have been familiar with the sound for it to cause fear.
God created mankind to be in relationship with Him. But sin destroyed that. But our God is a merciful God. He is never without a backup plan. This rebellion was of no surprise to God. He’s backup plan, Jesus Christ, was already worked out it was just going to come in His timing.
That offering took place on the cross by Jesus Christ. You see God did not lie when He said anyone that ate of that tree would die. The penalty for sin, which is what eating that fruit was – sin, is death. God is a just God. All sin is equal in His eyes. Holy can not look on unholy and sin makes us unholy no matter how big or small it is.
But God is also a loving Father that wants the very best for His children and longs to have relationship and longs to shower us with love. He didn’t want us to die in our sin apart from Him.
So as a Holy Judge He accepted what Christ offered to do. Jesus said, “Father (Your Honor) I’ll pay their penalty. I will die that they may live. Let them go and let me pay the price.” So that is what Jesus did on that cross so long ago. He died on the cross in place of you and me. Now if He had just died that wouldn’t have been enough but He rose from the dead and now sits on the right hand of God. When someone accepts what He did for them and asks forgiveness of their sins and repents of those sins. Repents means turns away from. Then Christ tells the Father that one is one of mine.
Once that is done the relationship we were created for. That ache in your heart that can’t be filled with anything in this world; not a mate, children, riches, drugs, sex, food, anything that you may try. That ache in your heart was put there by God so that you would come to Him. He longs for you. He wants to be there in the dead of night when no one else is there to be cried out to and soothe and comfort you. He wants to be there during your joys and hear all about them. He longs for your worship and for you to be still to listen to His voice as He speaks to you.
He’s the father of the prodigal son standing expectantly, looking down the road, hoping fervently to see you coming to Him.
He’ll knock on your door seeking fellowship with you, but He’s a gentleman and will never force Himself upon you. It’s you, with your free choice, that must open the door of your heart to start the relationship. He loves you that much! He puts it in your hands and leaves it to you. Whether you choose to accept His gift of love is up to you.
Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart