LOVE DESIRES UNION
Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
We have been created in the image of God, that carries with it some unexpected surprises. Have you ever thought about the God-sized hunger for happiness and love that is inside of all of us? Inside of every human is an enormous desire for joy, or pleasure, but unlike the Lord, our desires have been twisted by the fall. We carry in us this frustrated, misguided hunger that pushes us into places we never thought we would go. Much of this passion is aimed at other humans (mostly of the opposite sex) that can never satisfy this God-sized hunger that we have churning in our belly. The good news is this, through the awakening of our souls, by the grace of God, this yearning begins to turn toward Christ. When that happens, this troubling passion becomes a blessing. It’s force is not diminished, it is just redirected. The object of our affection becomes the One who is Altogether Lovely. Jonathan Edwards spoke about this spiritual hunger for love, pay close attention to his comments.
“Love desires union. They shall therefore see this glorious God united to them, and see themselves united to him. They shall see that he is their Father, and that they are his children. They shall see God gloriously present with them; God with them; and God in them; and they in God. Love desires the possession of its object. Therefore they shall see God, even their own God. When they behold this transcendent glory of God, they shall see him as their own. When they shall see that glory, power, and wisdom of God, they shall see it as altogether engaged for them. When they shall see the beauty of God’s holiness, they shall see it as their own, for them to enjoy forever. When they see the boundless ocean of God’s goodness and grace, they shall see it to be all theirs.”
These word of Edwards make absolutely no sense to the unsaved, there is no attraction to the Lord in the lost. To those who are experiencing spiritual stirrings in their soul, He becomes simply irresistible. Like Edwards says, love desires union. What do you love? The object of your affection is ultimately what you will be joined to in this life and the life to come.