Do you know that God does not hug two people at a time? All of His hugs are individualized – done one person at a time. Customized. He loves us one at a time.
Big deal! What’s the great revelation in that, Ralph? Well, the revelation is that this means you need to find time to be alone with Him every day to receive your hug. So, we need to be willing to get alone with Him every day to have this “hug time” tand receive this outward expression of His love for us. That is where the problem begins because we are seldom alone and we seldon have the quiet or the time to focus on God so that we can receive our hugs.
Because God doesn’t hug two people at a time; He hugs us one at a time – He loves us one at a time -we need to make time to be with Him every day to receive the hugs He has for us. We need to sit in His presence every day and experience His love. That sounds like an easy enough thing to do, doesn’t it? Then my question is why does it not happen?
How do you know it doesn’t happen, Ralph? Just by the number of believers that tell me on a regular basis that they do not hear God speak to them and so believe that He doesn’t. This is, of course, contrary to what the Bible states. I know this doesn’t happen because of the number of people who will tell you that they have never experienced God’s love – have never felt loved – and really don’t know deep inside that God loves them unconditionally. They have no assurance of His love. I know this as a fact because most Christians are not having a daily encounter or experience with the living God and so their faith in God plays a very minor role in their every day life and there is little change in their lives from before they were “born again”. And, if they were encountering and experiencing His love and receiving their hugs regularly there would be massive and immediate changes because His love is life-changing and radical.
Here’s the problem then: Because the Bible states that “faith works by love” we have few believers walking in or applying their faith. Because the Bible startes that “love covers a multitude of sins” we have few believers who really know that their sins are forgiven and many who are unable and unwilling to forgive others. Because Jesus said: “if you love Me you will obey Me” we have many who are not obeying Him because they are not loving Him. They can’t love Him because the same Bible states: “We love Him because He first loved us”. If we don’t experience His love and have never encountered His love we simply don’t love Him in return and will not be obedient to what He has spoken in His Word or what He speaks to us in the stillness of our heart.
So much of the Christian Faith is connected to this aspect of knowing God’s love as found in the gift of His Son Jesus. So much of the Christian faith is connected to knowing Jesus who loved us so much that He died on the Cross of Calvary for us. If we don’t know love we don’t know God because the Scriptures state that: “God is love”. So, how can we reach out and evangelize others as we are commanded to do if we have not experienced and do not continue to experience His love? We can’t and we don’t. The Bible states that we are to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves” and we don’t love ourselves if we have not experienced the love of God and come to know and accept the fact that God loves us unconditionally and without reservation all of the time.
Love – the lack of an encounter with and a continuing daily experience of – is the root of many of the problems and issues that the believer faces today in their walk with the Lord and in living their lives as a testimony before others. It is not a lack of knowing what they should do. It is not a lack of knowledge. It is not a lack of being willing and wanting to do things right. We don’t need another prophetic word from the Spirit of God. We don’t a new revelation of truth. We don’t need a different pastor or to switch churches … we simply need to return to the foundational issue of knowing God’s love – encountering, experiencing, and walking in His love every day. And, whether that happens is up to us – God has already done His part and continues to daily welcome us into His presence if we care to take the time to get alone with Him.
And, here is what I know for certain: He has a hug with your name on it waiting for YOU even today!