“So I am going to attract her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her” (Hos. 2:14, NCV).
God wants to talk to you. He is keenly, intensely interested in communicating with you. This verse from Hosea opens a window for us into His heart. We learn through it that He loves to attract us unto Himself, that He might speak with us.
We are utterly dependent on this initiative of His to attract us. Jesus stated emphatically, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44a, NIV). We cannot approach God unless He decides to draw us. This is because He delights in being the Initiator, the Pursuer in the relationship. Furthermore, He has a ferocious appetite for communion with us. As a result, He is constantly, avidly focused on attracting us into His presence.
God does not pick a only a few favorites to draw in for close fellowship and friendship. No; Jesus also asserted unequivocally, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32, NET, bold emphasis mine). Today, He is actively pursuing everyone alive. He is drawing all people unto Himself. (Whether or not we respond to His alluring, is another story.)
This gets personal now. He is drawing… you. He is alluring… you. He is attracting… you. He fervently desires a private audience with… you. Yes, with you. He is an extremely involved, intimate God. He knows your name and absolutely everything about you. He is a scholar of you. He has studied you in a way that, by human standards, would be considered obsessive. No one on earth has ever been, or ever will be, as taken with you as He is. (For example, you probably have at some point experienced someone becoming infatuated with you. But did that person ever fall so hard for you that s/he took the time to count every hair on your head? I didn’t think so. But God has.) And again, He really, really wants to talk to you.
If you have not previously developed a habit of listening for His personalized communication, where to start? His logos is the perfect place. Logos is a Greek term in the New Testament that means “written word,” i.e. Scripture. Interestingly enough, Logos is also one of Jesus’ official names. When we read in John 1:14 that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” it’s Logos rendered as “Word” in this context. Jesus is the Logos; He’s the Word of the Father.
Words are vehicles of communication. They carry meaning from the one speaking to the one listening. Jesus, the Logos, is God’s message transmitter. He so longed to communicate with us that He took on flesh to get into our world, into our minds, into our heads, into our hearts. That longing has been burning in His soul from before the worlds began, and today it continues to burn unceasingly. He yearns to talk to you!
The Bible is also His logos. I encourage you to open it up today, and to ask Him what is on His heart. Eagerly invite Him to speak to you as you read what He has written there for you. His communication style is never archaic or boring. It is ever alive, active, dynamic, and penetrating (Heb. 4:12). He has something vitally important to whisper to your heart, even right now.
As you quiet yourself, can you feel Him tugging on your spirit, asking for your attention? That’s Him! That’s the living Logos! He is drawing you in, craving intimate conversation with you!
“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!” (1 Sam. 3:10b).
“Take me away with you — let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers” (Song 1:4, NIV).
God has such an individualized way of speaking to us! He tailors His communication to be just right for each of us. Is there a certain way that He likes to talk to you, that you have noticed? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!