“Oh, Job, don’t you see how God’s wooing you from the jaws of danger? How he’s drawing you into wide-open places— inviting you to feast at a table laden with blessings? – Job 36:16 (MSG)
It’s been a long time since I’ve been a part of the dating scene. In fact, I never really was. My husband and I met in college and sealed the deal with “I do” before we donned our cap and gown. He opened many doors for me, shared his food when I declined to order, and made me laugh. Yes, he wooed me right into marital bliss. I’m aware that there have been some changes in recent years. There is online dating where many couples have been successfully matched. And there is speed dating that for me evokes visions of musical chairs.
I also realize more women are comfortable taking the lead in dating. And some people are not actually interested in dating at all. Instead they are opting for brief encounters with little emotional connection. I personally think there is something good to be said about wooing a person into a relationship. Just read Song of Solomon from the Bible.
Dictionary.com defines wooing as follows:
- to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
- to seek to win
- to invite by one’s own action; court
Wooing is not just for dating. Most recently wooing was in operation as cities across the country competed to win Amazon’s second headquarters, estimated to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion dollars in construction to the chosen city. These companies promised various offerings from New Jersey’s $7 billion dollar tax incentive offer to Stonecrest, GA’s offer to change their name to Amazon, GA.
So, wooing works in personal and business relationships, but what about our spirituality. How can wooing work there?
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” -I Corinthians 1:9 (NIV)
God is dependable and wants to spend time with us. These qualities are good for all relationships including our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is hard to trust someone who is not dependable and avoids spending time together.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you…” – James 4:8 (NIV)
Long-distance relationships work for some couples, but the couples often schedule trips to meet up and spend time together. God is not interested in a long-distance relationship. He wants to be close to us. He allows us to see him at work in our lives. There are times when he will tug at our hearts. He will make TV and time with others unfulfilling because he longs for us to come spend time in his presence. He woos us.
One good thing about January’s 21 Days of Prayer is that it is a call to corporate prayer and fellowship with God. It is a time after we’ve enjoyed spending time with family and friends during the holidays when he calls us aside. If we’ve gotten caught up in the hustle and bustle of activity, he is asking us to slow down and refocus on him. When you are in place and fully focused on him, don’t be surprised when you feel his presence and you like it.
“But I’m in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is!
I’ve made Lord God my home.
God, I’m telling the world what you do!” – Psalm 73:28
Living life apart from God’s presence is no longer appealing. In fact, it can be dangerous to our wellbeing. There is protection, direction and joy in his still, small voice.
My friend, don’t block your blessings. God’s wooing you. Allow yourself to draw close to him.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.