LEARNING TO SENSE GOD’S EMBRACE
That what is happening when we’re in a worship service. Well, what if we’re reading the Bible? In Romans 8:7 it states that the natural mind of man resists the things of God. But when we become born again, when we meet the Lord Jesus Christ, when we start understanding Scripture, or a Scripture is brought to our mind – we are not initiating this. This is God drawing near to us, hugging us and speaking life to us.
When we try to find God, He draws near to us, whether we recognize it or not. He embraces us with His presence, and then speaks life into us. When He does this, what we do sometimes is walk away from it and it can feel to us like, “I’ve got some new revelation,” instead of recognizing the first foundation of “I’ve just been freshly embraced by Father-God!” God wants to affirm this to us that He loves us but we don’t always get it.
This is so crucial in our walk with the Lord, that we begin to develop a consistency of acknowledging that we’re actually being embraced. Why do I say this? I’ve shared many stories about my kids growing up. As they get to a certain age, many times they don’t want us parents being around them, right? They think, “Oh, you’re not that cool, parents, so we don’t want you being around us or hugging us in public.”
In our family this would get so extreme at times that my wife would get on one side of the house, and I’d get on the other side, and then we would say to one of our kids, “We want to hug you now,” and they’d try to run to their bedroom, and my wife would cut them off, and we’d tackle them and finally hug them! This was back when they were teenagers. Now they’re adults, and they want us to hug them again.
Reality is, whether they understand it or not, this is necessary. God knows this is necessary for us, His children, too. We need to have God embrace us. In worship when we sense His presence, God is embracing us! When we suddenly get an understanding of a part of Scripture, and it makes sense to us, that’s God embracing us! When our minds get drawn toward the things of God like a magnet, or we suddenly sense we are to pray for someone, that is God’s embrace. I believe this is God embracing us, and out of this great love, we initiate praying for someone. I think that in our fallen state, we naturally don’t do this, and so it has to be the embrace of God that causes this kind of thing to happen in us.
So, what we call any Godward activity inside of us that turns our hearts to want to have anything to do with the Lord, whether to repent, to draw near, to want to grow deeper with Him, all of this, whether we recognize it or not, is an expression of God coming near us, hugging us and pressing us into His heart, so that we can feel His love for us.