—Treasure Beyond Measure

The Lord's Desire

Well, my friend, what does God want from you? It seems to me that this is a pretty important question.

"O Lord, what do you want from me?"

"Well, my son, I want you to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with me." (Micah 6:8)

"Lord, what do you mean by acting justly?"

"My son, I want you to do what is right without regard to yourself. (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 106:3; Proverbs 21:3; Isaiah 1:17; Psalm 15) Do the right thing. I will never leave you, nor forsake you, so don't worry about how you will be affected, but do the right thing, because it is the right thing." (Hebrews 13:5)

"What is the right thing, my Father?"

"The right thing is what I would do if I were you, my son." (1 John 2:6; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; Galatians 4:19)

"But Father, how am I to know what you would do?"

"I love you my son. (John 15:27; Deuteronomy 23:5)I love you and am with you wherever you are. (Deuteronomy 31:6)Trust me son, trust me, and I will guide you.(Psalm 25:1-2; Psalm 31:14; Psalm 40:3; Psalm 52:8; Psalm 56:4; John 14:1; Romans 15:13)I will show you the way you should go. (Psalm 143:8)

"I have given you my Spirit, to act as your personal Teacher and Counselor.(John 14:16, 26; John 15:26; John 13:13) I have revealed myself and what I am like in my written word. (John 1:1-14; Revelation 19:13; Hebrews 4:12) Read it and walk with me humbly, and I will give you the knowledge of me." (Proverbs 2:6; Proverbs 9:10; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Ephesians 4:11-13; Colossians 1:9-14)

"O Father, I love you. I do so want to please you, but the Bible is so confusing. How can I do all that is in your book? It all is so hard."

"Listen my son, my Word is not hard to do; in fact it is light and easy. ((Matthew 11:29-30) You think it is hard because you think of it as a collection of rules, but this is not correct. (Isaiah 28:9-13) I only expect you to do what you know is right and to walk humbly with me and to love mercy. (James 4:17)

"I want you to read the Scriptures frequently, taking care to listen to my Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) I will show you what is what, and you must do what is right. As you obey me in the little things I will reveal myself to you. In this way you will come to know me. (John 8:31-32)Then we can walk together as friends, for this is the desire of my heart. I love you more than you can think or imagine. It is my desire for you to see me as I am and to love me and aspire to be like me. (1 John 3:2; Philippians 2:14-16; Ephesians 4:22-24)

"But Father, if you want me to see you, why have you hidden yourself? Why are you so hard to find?"

"Son, if I had not revealed myself it would be impossible for you to see me, but I have revealed myself. I have hidden myself, but not from you. I have hidden myself from the wicked and evil, those who delight in the pain of others, but to you I have revealed myself." (John 14:6-9; John 17:25-26)

"Why then, Father, is it so hard to see you?"

"It is because you have so little trust. Trust in me. I will not let you stumble so as to fall. (1 Peter 1:10-11)Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you. (James 4:8) Remember always that I love You."

"But Father, how can I draw near to you when I can't see you?"

"Son, it is really very simple. I am who I am and if you love me you will obey me and I will reveal more and more of myself to you. I am love. (1 John 4:16) I delight in kindness, justice, and righteousness. (Jeremiah 9:23-24) You seek me, and you will find me, and I will fully reveal myself to you." (Matthew 7:7-8)

"You mean, you want me to delight in kindness, justice, and righteousness too; like you?"

"Yes. I am who I am, and when you obey me, I reveal myself to you. If you will not obey me, then I will not reveal myself to you. This is why I have hidden myself, that I might reveal myself to any whom I choose. When you delight in the things I delight in, I share this delight with you. I have filled the earth with countless opportunities for joy and delight. (Ephesians 2:10) Be like me. Love like me. Walk as my child in truth, and I will reveal myself to you."

"Father, what does it mean to love mercy?"

"Well son, when one of my children sins against me, and then feels remorse and is moved to repentance, and asks me to forgive them, I do because I am merciful. I want what's good for them. Because I love mercy I am willing to forgive and forget. Because I am merciful I don't really want anyone to be destroyed in judgment." (Ezekiel 18:32)

"So Father, you want me to always hope and pray, that my fellow man turns from evil, and that they will walk humbly with you?"

"Yes son, that is right. I don't want you to judge them, but to love mercy and to pray for the lost, and to act so as to lead them back to me. (Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:37) It is not my desire that any of them be lost. (2 Peter 3:9) I take no pleasure in sending any of them to destruction."

"Father, what do you mean when you say that you want us to walk humbly with you?"

"My son, I don't want you to think in your heart that you know better than I. When I say to you, do this, then know that it is what is best for you; for I love you and will always lead you into a closer relationship with me.

"I know what is good, and you, my son, understand only a very little. Trust me to do good for you. (Romans 8:28)

"If you will humble yourself and obey me I will set you on high, but if you rebel and think of yourself more highly than you ought, I will be forced to humble you, because you are mine and I am unwilling to let you go. (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6; Romans 12:3) I love you enough to punish you when you stray from the path. I love you enough to raise you as my son." (Hebrews 12:5-11)

"Father, some say that you are hard and cruel, but I see you as loving and kind; why is that?"

"I am who I am, and I am what I am. Those who trust in me and draw near to me know me, for it is my delight to fellowship with my children.

"You, my son, understand that I discipline you because of my love for you, and so you accept it readily, and are quick to repent and obey. You are always with me, asking me things and our time together is joyful. But there are those who are slow to listen. I rebuke them and they don't listen. So I chastise them, to save them from their folly, and so they see me as the Punisher. (Psalm 18:25-26; Proverbs 17:10; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 12:1) "I am the Father of my household. I will raise my children to be like me, holy and righteous and pure. Those children of mine who are quick to obey, will receive many blessings and joys, but the rebellious son, I will watch like a hawk, so that they don't drift too far away."

"What I understand you to say, Father, is that you want us to grow-up to be just like you-holy and pure; gentle and kind; patient and forgiving; honest and helpful."

"That is exactly right. I want you to walk like my first born Son, Jesus. I sent him to be a Savior for you, and to show you the way of life, the way that pleases me. (Philippians 2:5-8) As long as you are walking in his steps you are on the path that leads to life, but if you stray, I will be forced to discipline you, to keep you on the path.

"I love all my children and I am unwilling to allow any to wonder off and be lost. I will punish, when necessary, but only because I love and care. I know what it means to be lost, and you don't want that-believe me."

"O Father, thank you for your love. Thank you for your discipline, because I know that I have needed it. I want to grow-up and be just like you. Do not let me stray from your path. Raise me to be a son that you can delight in."


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