Why does God take delight in working in cooperation with His children when He reserves the sovereign right to work independently? Why does He look for a man that would stand before Him to plead the cause of men and nations when His will is to intervene in human affairs? Why did He tell Abraham about His intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? Why was He pacified by the prayer of Moses when He wanted to destroy the Israelites because of their disobedience when His promise to Abraham was to raise for him a mighty nation?
He seeks partnership
This is the basis of God’s appearance to Adam in Eden in the cool of the day. He looks for someone who would be one with Him in thought and heart. Not that He is hard-pressed for intimacy and companionship; His decision is influenced by His love for humanity. As we naturally pour out ourselves to the one we love, so also does God pour out Himself without reservation to us because He loves us. He would gladly hold back nothing of Himself from us as long as we can accept it. My heart fails me when I try to think about this.
To know that God would not withhold anything from me evokes in me a feeling of love and awe. Why would He do this? What good is there in me that He chooses to reveal his secrets not to the angels, which exceed me in power and glory, but to me—a mere feeble creature made of miry clay. At once, my heart begins to prick me—I have not been as sincere to Him as he has been to me. My heart looks out for something else. How does He feel when he sees this? Have I ever thought of how heavy His heart is? “When the Lord God saw the extent of human wickedness, and that the trend and direction of men’s lives were only towards evil, he was sorry he had made them. It broke his heart.” Gen 6:5-6. Do we know why God would be as grieved when He could have easily destroyed the human race and create another one that would obey Him? It would have been easy, and it would not remove anything from Him as God. But love would not let Him do that. Love continues to reach out when there is no hope. Love looks at one who is deemed for destruction and decides to acquit him anyway. It is unconditional. O what great matter this is! It is too staggering for the human mind to comprehend.
How do we respond to His advances? Do we welcome Him or continually shrug Him off our shoulders? His love calls out continually unto us in the sun and rain, telling us to receive rest and comfort from the struggles of life. O that our hearts may perceive Him! O that we may surrender our hearts fully unto Him and tell Him to have His way in us! O that we may live for Him!