Today “God Calling” talks about how our love for Jesus grows through the experiences we share with Him-good and bad; blessings and tribulations. I’m reminded again of Peter and Paul, of Mary Magdalene, and of John, the disciple-John the Revelator. But one of the most in-depth looks at a relationship with God, in terms of growth, not only of love, but faith, wisdom and character, is that of King David’s relationship with God. We can see it chronicled in 1st and 2nd Samuel and in Psalms. Psalms gives us a phenomenal picture of King David’s love for the LORD. You can see his reliance on the LORD, his faith; his love and his peace grow as you read through them. One of the things I love most about their relationship is the intimacy between them. In Psalms we get a clear picture of King David’s heart toward the LORD in spite of all the sins he committed and all the dysfunction that erupted in his life. And, the Bible tells us God called him a man after his own heart. That’s a pretty awesome statement for God to make about a man. David love God with complete abandon and shamelessness. In fact, there’s a description in 2nd Samuel 6:5-18, of King David celebrating a victory with song and dance before the LORD with all his might.
It’s very easy to love someone when things are going good-through the good times. It’s the rough times that stretch our faith, our patience and perseverance; our love. It is during those times that we’re tested; not by God-the Bible tells us that He doesn’t tempt us with evil and He himself cannot be tempted. He would be a liar if He tested us with “rough times” and adversity. His desire is to prosper and bless us. Those trials and tribulations we go through are part of this world. In the world we’ll have tribulation. But it isn’t God who sends them. We are tested by the very things we face and endure. The outcomes of those tests will, however, illuminate our relationship with God and with the world around us; and they will illuminate our hearts too. We can get a good picture of the attitudes of our hearts by how we go through those trials. Boy, have I had some shocking revelations too! But in this, even our humility grows. Those revelations show us how much we really need God. They also show us how infinitely steadfast God’s love, His patience and His mercy and grace are. How could one not fall in love with this awesome God? Personally, I find Him simply irresistible.