Reflecting on the following statement by Maxie Dunn, allow the Spirit to minister His message to your heart.
"There is a place in the heart of God that only you can fill".
Take a moment and read it over a few times. Did you read it correctly? Did you get it? What is He speaking to you right now? As I have meditated on it, I can only say "WOW"!!!!! How amazing that the God of the universe has created within His own heart a special place for only me.
I have always focused my attention on the reverse. I have thought of the more common idea that there exists within the heart of man a void that only God can fill. Today I feel that is a little selfish on my part. Why? Because most of the time that has been my purpose in coming to the Lord-for the nurturing, comforting, and solace of my own heart. Expecting to receive it on my own terms and my timing I have come when I had the time, sensed the need, or hurt so bad I wanted God to take away the pain and fix my broken world. OUCH!!!!! Obviously not the true essence of worship.
Oh, how this meditation has written upon my heart again the very need for silence and solitude before our Lord. It has spoken to me so much of how my Father wants to hold me, commune with me, speak to me, hear me, share with me - essentially, to have a deep, growing relationship with me. To have a union in which both of us achieve fulfillment in the bond of this intimate love.
Turn your attention with me to what James 4.8 has to say-
"Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean, [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]. Amplified Bible
Oooh-spiritual adultery. Harsh terms but what an accurate description. Why not take time today to invite Him to come close to you with open surrender, experiencing the deep passionate love between your Creator, and you, His beloved?
Are you familiar with the old hymn "Near to the Heart of God?"
There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God,
A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of comfort sweet, Near to the heart of God,
A place where we our Savior meet, Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of full release, Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of joy and peace, Near to the heart of God
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God,
Hold us, who wait before Thee, Near to the heart of God.
C.B. McAfee, 1901
Tammie S. Jones
Director of Pastoral/Bibical Counseling