“THE NATURE OF HIS LOVE” “THE NATURE OF HIS LOVE”“For as the young man marries the virgin, your children will marry you; and as the husband rejoices with the wife, so will your God rejoice with you.”(Isaiah 62: 5)An important representation of GOD and how He feels about being in constant relationship with us can be seen when He describes Himself as a Bridegroom who intentionally marries us to Him in eternal fidelity, love, and tender mercy. (Isaiah 54: 5) Exactly how a boyfriend feels about his girlfriend is how GOD feels about us, filled with exciting anticipation for all the years to come. He doesn’t want a casual, intermittent relationship with us. He has done everything he can to make sure that we can know him and be with him forever.How sad that so many people imagine a GOD who can barely beat them. They see an upset and disturbed GOD, who must somehow tolerate people who don’t really care about them. For these people, if they do well, their relationship with GOD is tenuous and based solely on their ability to do things properly. Because they do not understand the family union that GOD wants to have with them, they feel that they have to live up to certain standards in order to be acceptable to Him.The tragedy is that no one can be good enough on their own to maintain a relationship with GOD. People who do not understand how much GOD Himself wants to have a relationship with us end up resenting Him. They feel guilty with anger.What a contrast such a point of view has to the truth about GOD. His love is so powerful, His desire for eternal closeness to us is so compelling, that He was willing to give up everything that is most valuable to Him in order to restore the relationship with us that was lost. What He sacrificed and why He had to restore our broken relationship with Him is actually the story of the Bible.The most important truth to remember is that GOD always wants a relationship with us, more than we want it with Him. He is the initiator and restorer of our relationship with Him. You never have to wonder if GOD wants you near Him.Either way, He loves you. Whatever happens, whatever you do, whatever decisions you make, you can be completely sure that GOD, our HEAVENLY FATHER, our Husband, our Maker, always wants to have you close to Him. And He will use any situation of your life to reveal more of Himself.Since GOD is GOD, who made all the initial decisions regarding how reality was to be shaped and who has the last word, He can be as He wants. No one could tell you how it should be. He had no counselor in creation. If GOD wanted to be arbitrary, capricious, unfair, cruel, spiteful, or careless, He could have been. But he decided to love us and reached out to us. Today, I decide to approach Him and enjoy His privacy.Dear LORD, help me take advantage of this day every moment with you. In the name of JESUS. Amen and Amen.