God Also Needs a Home

Making ourselves at home in God is not a mere theory. This implies daily we must live in the sphere, the presence, even the person of God in the sense of living in His most intimate desire. As the Apostle Paul mentions in Philippians 3:8, "be found in Him (Christ)." So that means whether we are resting or laboring, we do all things in Him. This is challenging.

Well, I discovered a marvelous phenomenon - I am most restful when He is restful, I am most satisfied when He is satisfied. Yes, God desires to rest and be satisfied.

Who is God

God does not have any lack in Himself. He is the Alpha and the Omega, He who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty. Omnipresent, omniscient, eternal, self-existing, ever-existing, unchangeable, perfect, absolute, and complete. Praise God!

Yet He is also a purposive, yearning God. When an ordinary human being has a desire in his heart, he will purpose in himself to gain what he desires, he then will plan accordingly how to accomplish his purpose, and finally he will execute his plan step-by-step so that his original desire may be fulfilled. The creation of man, the incarnation, the perfect redemption, the continuation of His ministry through the apostles, and through all His believers must then all be parts of God's desire to be satisfied.

You may say there is a difference between a desire and a need. So God may have a desire but He does not need. Nevertheless, I see one commonality between the two: satisfaction. Is satisfaction a desire or a need? Regardless of the answer, when the word satisfaction comes to my ears, I know that the layers in my being are lining up in agreement: "Yes, I want that. And yes, I need that." I believe I am not the only one, there lies a universal sympathy in the yearning to be satisfied.

If a human being understands that there is a yearning to be satisfied in his very core, he should at the very least acknowledge that the most complex Being in the universe - God - must have the most profound yearning of all. We learned that in Genesis 1:26 man was created in His image and according to His likeness. Man who is His image and likeness can actually face the mirror, look at himself, and realize that God is a living Person with much deeper feeling, mind, and will than the person he sees in the mirror.

With this perspective in mind, our salvation is then not simply a matter of our need but primarily centered on God's yearning and His plan to fulfill His heart's desire.

We (blank) because He first (blank)

It's a principle derived from 1 John 4:19 - "We love because He first loved us." We long because He first longs. We are satisfied because He first is satisfied. We desire to find a home in Him, to rest and be satisfied in Him because He first desires to find His home in us, to rest and be satisfied in us (i.e., His house, His church). He is always first and we follow.

It is quite a phenomenon that both our spiritual and human conditions hinge upon God's rest and satisfaction with us and in us.

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