A poet once said, “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” Desire is a strong “longing” and “irresistible” means something is so desirable it is difficult to fight against. I believe this describes the love and desire between us and our Heavenly Father. God is love and longs for us to desire a relationship with Him. We in turn have an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired by God whether we admit or are consciously aware of it or not. To know and believe God desires a love relationship with us is almost more than we can grasp but is true nonetheless. Because God first desired to be in relationship with us we have this irresistible desire to love Him. 1 John 4:19 says “We love because He first loved us.” Our capacity to love comes from God who established a firm foundation by first loving us and He continues to instill this desire in His Church.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” This love in Hebrew speaks of a deep desire including “to breathe after something or someone”. Think of breathing in oxygen – we must have it and when we cannot breathe in enough air to fill our lungs, we become desperate for oxygen. Loving God with all our heart, soul, and strength gives us the picture of an intimate longing to “breathe” Him into ourselves, experiencing the freshness and fullness of His presence, unable to live and breathe without Him.
This longing is fulfilled as we take delight in the One whom we love. It is an all-encompassing love demanding that every fiber of our being enter into a deep and devoted relationship with God. The word “devotion” means a “deep love and commitment including a fervency of dedication and loyalty toward someone”. We have the incredible privilege of fervently loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and strength, making a daily commitment to remain loyal to Him, longing for the breath of God to breathe new life into us.
In Song of Solomon 7:10 we read “I am my Beloved’s, and His desire is for me.” This speaks of the Bride of Christ proclaiming we belong to our Beloved Jesus and acknowledging His desire is for His Bride, the Church. It is not difficult to conclude Jesus had a tremendous desire for us – He left His heavenly abode to seek and save us, suffering and dying on the cross in order to be with us eternally. And His great desire remains and will once again bring Him from heaven to earth to receive us to Himself one final time because He longs to have us with Him. In John 17:24 Jesus prayed “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”
What great love and the desire we see in these verses. Then in John 3:16 we see them come together in the Gospel message, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” God is love! We have the incredible privilege of responding to His desire as the objects of His great love and desire when we make Him the object of our desire, and love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength!
Today, may every fiber of our being be aflame with passion, purpose, desire, and love for God. May we long for a love encounter with our heavenly Father, and may we respond to His irresistible desire with the same love He has lavished upon us.