No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 (NIV)
God is love. He created humankind to be complete with him. Even in our sinful state, we crave to be complete in our relationship with our Maker. When we take this into ourselves and truly believe it, we have the ultimate cure for our compulsion for completion. God made us to need relationships–starting with a relationship with him.
What do I need? My heart to beat. My lungs to pump air. When I’m hungry, food tastes great. And nothing quenches thirst better than a cool glass of water. And coffee–many of us need a cuppa to jump start our days. (Okay, I don’t believe God created us with a need for coffee, but sometimes I really need a cup of joe.) But to live, we have needs. That’s how we were created.
But we’ve lost, buried, ignored our greatest need–the very reason for which we were created–a relationship with our God. We’d notice very quickly if we couldn’t breathe or our heart stopped beating. If we missed a few meals, our stomachs would let us know. Naturally.
If you feel empty, reinstate the relationship that fulfills our greatest need..
In his book Praise Habit, David Crowder puts it this way:
“This is the habit I’m interested in rediscovering. It is the deep breath after having forgotten to breathe. The one we were made for. Remember the start? Our beginnings? In the beginning there was the recognition that the source of all things was Creator God. There was relational communion with our Maker in all that was life, and we were alive, really alive. He was the breeze and under rocks and in our love and in our skin and in His voice, oh, His voice. There was no knowledge of anything but what was good, and gratefulness beat in our bones. This is the kind of praise that is sweeter and stronger than anything …”
Without a firm knowledge of God’s love, we may heal our hurts, discard our masks, and perhaps even try to take ownership of who we are. But, ultimately, it is only God’s love that can make us whole. Only He can fill our need.