How to love God more

Much of the information in this article was taken from a helpful website called Unlocking the Bible (see https://www.unlockingthebible.org).

I have recently become aware that several things in my heart compete for the love of God, and this is a situation I want rectified as soon as possible. I sometimes struggle to remember – let alone live out – the following scripture passage:

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning.

If I don’t watch my heart with due diligence, it tends to love the gift more than the Giver. The advice given in the website above is to take down the idols in your heart not by loving God’s gifts less but by loving Christ more. And to then grow in love for Christ by savoring His amazing love for you.

So how do we love God more? One thing to be wary of is the situation where our knowledge of God increases (through Bible reading) while our affection for God does not (through prayer and good works).

When we read the Bible, we should do so prayerfully; asking God to help us understand its deep riches, convict us of our sin, and apply it to our lives. We should also read praisefully; praising God for what He has done in history and through Christ.

When we pray, we should remember the heart and desires of God as revealed in His word, and pray in line with what God wants us to pray. God promises that His word will never come back to Him without accomplishing what He purposes. As it is written:

Isaiah 55:11
so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Christ also promises to reward prayer (see Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9).

So why would we neglect either means of grace when approaching God?

My prayer today is that the Lord directs our hearts into God’s love and the waiting for Christ with patience (2 Thessalonians 3:5), that we may exchange the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3).

Trust in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy

1 Timothy 6:17
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

I have written this article mostly for my own edification and admonition, though I hope others may also find it helpful when considering beautiful objects in the world. Such objects must not be an end in themselves: we should be mindful that they came from God and to him they will return. As it is written:

1 Timothy 6:7
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Other gems from scripture concerning God’s gifts to human beings:

Psalm 104:14-15
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:13
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Proverbs 27:9
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.