God is kind. He is always kind. There is never a point when He isn’t kind or less kind than other times. His kindness drives Him to move your heart with no strings attached. He does not do it to manipulate you to do things for Him or to toe the line. He does it because that is who He is. He is hopelessly driven to the most intimate part of you.
God is an expert marksman. There is no hit and miss with God. Because He loves your heart so much, he knows it even better than you do. He has memorized it and has written it upon His heart. Every time He deals with you, it will be a dealing that will hit directly in the center of your heart and cause an explosion of change in every part of your life. He has memorized the blueprints of you, and He knows the beginning from the end. Everything within Him desires to touch you deeply. He is not preoccupied with the temporary things that surround your heart. He only aims for the most intimate part of you and He never misses.
Darrin Hufford in The God’s Honest Truth
(The God’s Honest Truth is no longer in print. A shorter version of this book titled The Misunderstood God is currently available.)
I’ve never met anyone that has no desire to be known by others. It seems that everyone has this deep longing to be known by someone else in a significant, intimate way. And I’m not talking about romantic relationships, though of course, that could be one expression of this.
We let so many things get in the way of this.
We hide behind masks.
We hide because of fear of exposure.
We hide because we are afraid of being judged.
We hide because we think we won’t be accepted.
We hide these things in our heart, where we think no one can see.
But we cannot hide from God. He sees all. He sees the unseen.
And in deep love and kindness, He fights against our fears. He causes us to drop our masks.
16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:16-19)
Even though it is painful for us, He does not give up on His relationship with us.
God wants to remove our masks and reveal our true identities.
Are you trying to keep God out of your heart?
What do you need to let go of to give Him, to give Jesus, greater room to know you and to be known by Him?
Listen to Him, and…
Follow the Life!