God’s Desire for You

woman-praying-profile-featured-w740x493For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me. That He wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a relationship with any human, let alone one as broken as me. The breakthrough came when I was meditating on Luke 22:15. He was speaking to the disciples at the last supper—He was preparing for His own death by communing with them.

He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;”

God earnestly desired to be with his disciples. He had no need to be with them, yet, in His great love, He still had a deep and compelling desire to be with them.

He has that same desire to be with you.

The next time you pray, sit or kneel silently before Him, put yourself in the seat of one of the disciples; you are after all, one of His disciples. See Him speaking to you. Hear Him say to you using your own name… “_________ I earnestly desire to commune with you, to be with you, to speak to you, to know you and have you know me.”

The God of love is calling your name. Take a moment to stop and listen for His voice—you won’t regret it.

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  1. Hi:

    while i appreciate dan’s sentiment and wish that what he were saying were true, it seems there is a fallacy here…
    If God really wanted to speak to a heart, there shouldn’t have to be a formulaic phraseology that we have to copy and paste through our mouths.

    In contrast, consider my neighbor who wants to talk to me: he raises his voice to a level where I can understand and uses terms familiar to me, on his own initiative, without intermediaries, to get my attention!

    Alternatively, if my wife wants to express her affection for me, there is no mistaking it. it’s unavoidable in the here and now, right where I am; not 2 thousand years ago, or back when we got married, or at a mass 8 miles away. And she doesn’t send a messenger. It comes to me directly, unbidden, in the now, in language that she knows I will easily grasp. there is no guessing game as to her intent or meaning.

    I suppose that the alternative explanation is that He IS speaking to us, but just saying things that we don’t want to hear, or don’t understand, or that his voice is drowned out in the thicket of other life events; And thus we don’t listen to it or imagine that we hear nothing.

    Or perhaps God’s like the american who goes to Japan and speaks to everyone, but doesn’t grasp why they don’t understand Him.

    Sometimes I imagine that God is giving me some consolations, but then the power at my house goes out for 3 days while I have a house full of lonely guests, my mother collapses with chest pains, and my daughter destroys her car in a field by trying to avoid a drunk driver.
    Then I realize that the ‘consolations’ that were going on just prior were imagined self-delusions and that reality knows nothing of them. Real life happened while I was imagining something different. Tough to live in the imagined world when the real world deals you such a different dish. Cognitive dissonance, I guess.

    OTOH, mebbe we are being asked to commit to a kind of listening that is foreign to us, to hear that the trials ARE his speaking. Perhaps that is the answer. He treated his own Son that way, so why should we be any different? You get to know this guy and you get hurt. T’is a pity. I wish it weren’t so.

    1. I sort of get what you’re saying. I was an atheist for approximately 15 years. During that time, I never heard God nor felt Him in anyway.

      Then I got married and my wife conceived our first child. Funny thing. The moment she told me that she was carrying our child, life changed. I walked out of our small apartment, in a daze, but I could see more clearly than ever before, the hand of God in the entire world.

      Suddenly, it was as though somehow, someone had tuned me in to God’s frequency. I couldn’t hear Him. But I could suddenly feel His presence transcending all that I could see.

      Soon afterwards, I started to come down off of cloud 9 and I began to question my sanity during that short period. But I said to myself, “Uh uh! That was real!” And I began to seek for God in earnest. And I have found Him. And I can assure you that there is no fallacy in that which Dan stated above. It isn’t how I experience God’s presence. I don’t hear Him as he does. I feel Him. And I most frequently feel His presence when I sit and ponder the love which He pours out upon me through those whom I love.

    2. I pray that you will experience a loving relationship with God someday. Maybe you could ask God to show you that if He does want a relationship with you. Just try to be open to the possibility.

      Your comment suggests that you have experienced God’s consolations. You say that you imagined Him consoling you. Sometimes that is how God works. Through our holy desire, thoughts, imaginings, through a friendly conversation, a Bible verse or message that strikes or moves us closer to Him or closer to living a virtuous life. I understand how tempting it can be to doubt God’s voice, especially when things go wrong. I’ve had my share of suffering and tragedy too. But I noticed a pattern. God often consoles us before these bad events happens. He consoles us because He wants to strengthen and encourage us for the crosses we must carry down the road. God is truly a loving Father. He knows how fragile we are. And He knows the suffering we will soon endure. In His tender, merciful love, He consoles us before He tests us.

      Please ask God to console you, to speak to you. I pray that you discover the great personal love and affection He has for you. God Bless!

      1. Hello Maria go!!!
        “But I noticed a pattern. God often consoles us before these bad events happens….” Ain’t that the turth!!! I have recently been noticing this “pattern”. In the past I didn’t know what to make of it and after reading your post, I said , “Hallelujah”! I just recently went through a “trial” a few weeks ago. This trail, which I thank the Lord for seldom sending them or else I would end up dead with a heart attack/stroke, I noticed God’s presence very strongly for a week prior to the trial to the point where I knew I was not worthy. For example, the day before my week’s trial began, I was given a personal vision. As I was kneeling down with my head down & eyes closed after receiving the Eucharist during mass, I saw clearly 3 siloettes of men standing, which I knew was the most Holy Trinity (my eyes closed). Well that little “vision” kept me going through my trial & helped me not loose my trust and faith in God, I kept recalling this vision everytime thoughts & emotions of doubts bombarded me. It was a very difficult week especially when I did not feel God’s prenence. Everytime I recalled that vision, I was strengthened…I can could go on. I have never saw this vision again nor seen any types of visions before. God is just awesome how he knows us. Thanks again for sharing! God bless you all!

  2. Bobolinka,

    St. Teresa of Avilawas once thrown from a carriage into mud. She told our Lord, “If this is the way you treat your friends, no wonder you have so many enemies!” You’re not alone in your struggle; you are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who were all at one time or another confounded like the Apostle Paul by the thorns in their flesh and the tempests in their lives. God bless, Brian

  3. St. Thomas as much as says in the Summa that God does not want all men to go to heaven. He only wants the elect to be with Him in Heaven, and, apparently, the elect are a very small number of people (also according to the greatest theologian to ever live, ie., Aquinas).

    1. I think you misunderstood St. Thomas:

      Reply to Objection 2. Reprobation differs in its causality from predestination. This latter is the cause both of what is expected in the future life by the predestined–namely, glory–and of what is received in this life–namely, grace. Reprobation, however, is not the cause of what is in the present–namely, sin; but it is the cause of abandonment by God. It is the cause, however, of what is assigned in the future–namely, eternal punishment. But guilt proceeds from the free-will of the person who is reprobated and deserted by grace. In this way, the word of the prophet is true–namely, “Destruction is thy own, O Israel.” ( Summa Theologica > First Part > Question 23
      Question 23. Predestination)

      In other words, all men are predestined to glory. If, by sin, they reject that first predestination, then God sets them on their own course, to destruction.

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