The more I walk with God and capture glimpses of His heart; the longer I study the Bible and hear present-day testimonies; the more I wonder: Why are we begging God for what He wants to give to us?
We’ve all had moments of begging God — for healing, strength, understanding, or breakthrough. We’ve poured our tears out, wondering, “Is God listening?” or “Did I do something wrong?” Perhaps you read the story of the woman who was healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, picturing yourself doing the same… almost willing God to heal or help you.
We’ve all been there. But is it an accurate understanding of our Creator? Or is He calling us to walk in a deeper level of relationship with Him?
From the very beginning, God has been a giver. He created a perfect environment for Adam and Eve. He gave them everything they could want or need — along with the choice to walk away from Him and His gift. And in a moment of doubt, they did.
But Adam and Eve’s choice to trust their own thoughts instead of God didn’t change or diminish Him. He’s still a giver. The Giver of life. The Giver of wisdom, wholeness, beauty, and freedom. Father-God gave His Son, Jesus, as the ultimate display of His love. And Jesus gave us a doorway to live in perfect unity with Him and His Father.
We’ve been given all of who He is — if we will receive it.
Am I Ready to Receive?
Jesus used the analogy of us being connected to Him, as branches on a vine, receiving the constant flow of eternal life. But the availability of God didn’t start with Jesus’ death and resurrection. Check out 2 Chronicles 16:9.
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (NLT)
How many times have you and I cried out for strength, feeling desperate and alone? And yet, this scripture gives us a stunning picture of God. He’s searching the earth, looking for an open door, a prepared vessel, a heart to whom He can give His strength.
Often I hear someone convey an underlying message of having to convince God of our need. The picture we see from Genesis to Revelation, however, says just the opposite: God wants to give of Himself.
A Deeper Look
If God is looking for hearts fully committed to Him, how do we get there?
Going back to 2 Chronicles 16:9 (above), the Greek word šālēm has been translated in English as “fully committed, blameless, fully devoted, perfect, loyal, wholeheartedly devoted, and completely His.” While all of these are accurate interpretations, the root of šālēm (šālam) gives a bit more understanding: “to be in a covenant of peace.”
Breaking it Down
To be in a covenant of peace with God… These words carry so much depth.
- To be. Receiving from God is not about doing something, but about being something. Being someone. Having an identity and position in Christ you’re convinced of and committed to.
- In. When you are in, you’re fully immersed. No part of you is out. There’s no wavering or hesitation. You’re not on the fence or still deciding. If even one toe is out, then you’re not in.
- A covenant. An agreement, treaty, bond, or promise. (As an interesting note, the Hebrews made covenants while eating together as a sign of friendship and intimacy. I love that!)
- Of peace. Completeness, wholeness, soundness, tranquility, quiet, contentment, safety, prosperity, health, and welfare.
This is the partnership God desires with you: Sitting down to eat with Him, relishing in your friendship and the awe of His might. Not begging for what you need, but knowing you are whole, content, and complete because of an unbreakable bond with Jesus. While sharing a moment of revelation with you, His life pours through you and His words empower you to continue walking in your Kingdom identity and assignment.
As you align with Him, you align with all that is needed. With all He wants to give.
A Kingdom Mindset
I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own.” (Philippians 3:12, TPT)
Jesus showed us how to live in divine partnership with our Father. He displayed what is possible for humanity when intimately connected to Him. Oh! How I wish I could say I live every moment in perfect union!! But I’m aligned with Him more than ever before.
God is such a giver, He refuses to let me live any other way. He wants my all, so He can give me His all. And He wants your all. Your full commitment — to Him, to the process, to His purpose, to the end — so He can give you His all.
Today, invite Him to dinner. He’s knocking. Open the door and let Him bring the feast. It will always be perfect and good. His words bring life. His instructions bring hope. Ask Him what you need to know about being fully committed… and get ready to receive.
I’d love to hear your comments below! What is God speaking and giving to you in this season?