I am pleased that you are zealous to know Me. Seeking to understand Me is like standing at the edge of a glorious ocean, trying to absorb its vast beauty—yet knowing you can see only a tiny portion of the waters stretching out before you. It’s good that you realize what a small portion of My infinite greatness you can actually comprehend. This awareness is an invitation to worship Me—humbly rejoicing in My boundless Glory. Though your understanding of Me is so limited, there are no bounds to your enjoyment of Me!
I reveal Myself to you in countless ways, because of My deep desire for you to know Me. The Bible graphically describes My unrestrained eagerness to connect with My children. The prophet Isaiah pictures Me saying “Here am I, here am I”—spreading out My hands all day long to a rebellious people. In the parable of the lost son, the father (God) didn’t wait for his wayward child to return home repentantly. Instead, he sacrificed his dignity and ran to his son while he was still a long way off, fell on his neck, and kissed him. Your zeal to know Me pales in light of My ardor to reveal Myself—My Love—to you. Receive this unearned, endless Love with trembling Joy.
Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us.
~ Hosea 6:3 amp
“I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’ to a nation which did not call on My name. I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts.”
~ Isaiah 65:1–2 nasb
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”
~ Luke 15:20 nkjv
Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them.
~ Matt 18:2
The child preached the sermon. It said to those ambitious disciples, “Shame on all you quarrelling about prominence and high places. Look at me. I am much higher up in the kingdom of heaven than you. You must get clear of all your proud thoughts and become lowly and simple-minded and childlike, or in the new kingdom you will have no place at all, much less a high place.” Little children are all preaching sermons to us, if only we have ears to hear. Children, in their innocence, their simplicity, their naturalness, their sweetness of soul, wherever they go exert an influence upon other lives which no words can describe. They are at once the greatest preachers and themselves the most eloquent sermons.
This picture of Jesus with the little one in His arms is very beautiful. In all the Bible there is scarcely another which so well represents the attitude both of the soul and of the Saviour in salvation and in all Christian life. Jesus takes the child in His arms: there is love, tenderness, protection. The bosom is the place of warmth, of affection, of intimacy, of confidence. The encircling arms imply safety, support, shelter. He lifted up the child and held it in His arms; so He carries His people through this world: He does not merely tell them how to go, but He takes them on His shoulders, carrying not their burdens only, but themselves. Thus He bears them on through life and through death.
Then look at the picture the other way — the child in the Saviour’s arms. Its attitude speaks of trust, confidence, repose, peace, love, joy, — just the feelings which belong to the true Christian. What a place the bosom of Christ is in danger, in storm, in sorrow, in death! Shall we not learn just to nestle in our Saviour’s arms in all our experiences?