He Wants Us To Live With Him
Our God is a kind God full of mercy, grace and love. For all the bad in the world and all the darkness of the spirit of the world one constant remains: the Lord God desires for His children to come live with Him. In all the scheme of man’s redemption the single longing of the Lord is for man to be saved. The severity of God is clearly defined in scripture. Time and again punishment has been meted out to those who disobey His will. Yet the true desire of the Father is not to punish but to save. There is so much to offer in His redemption. His blessings are so immense. The bounty of the grace of the Savior is like a cup running over. What a wonderful God we serve.
Peter writes that God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Why? The treasure houses of spiritual blessings overflow waiting only for the will of man to seek and find them. Satan destroyed the happiness of peace in the garden of Eden and continues to strike against the people of God. His message of evil permeates the lives of all men destroying most. In the face of such terrible consequence the Lord God offered His only begotten Son as a sacrifice to show how much He loved man. Jesus came to earth and suffered as no man has ever endured. Sinless and with a forgiving heart the Son of God shed His blood on the cross for the sins of all men. What greater love can be shown? This is the Father’s love. His message is clear: He wants man to come to Him to find rest.
There is great comfort in knowing how much God loves us. Whether in this life or the life to come the Father wants to have a complete relationship with man. For those who drink of the well of blessing the Lord is full of grace. There is a life giving stream that flows through the life of the child of God. Joy fills the heart. Anticipating the promise of eternal life living in the presence of the Creator, the Lord God Almighty and the Heavenly Father is beyond the imagination. He wants us to live with Him. His desire is for all men to see Him face to face basking in His glory. The desire of God is for you to live with Him. Are you ready to see God? Is your life in harmony with His grace? John reminds us that what we read affirms our knowledge that we are saved and through this salvation we can live with God and see His face. Thank you God for your invitation of mercy. We can’t wait to live with you.
A little girl was walking with her father in the country. As she looked up into the star-studded sky, her eyes were filled with wonder. Turning to her father she asked, “Daddy, if the wrong side of heaven is so beautiful, what do you think the right side will be like?” (Facing Death and the Life After, Billy Graham, 1987, p. 237)