There is bliss of knowing that you are loved by a real and intimate God. I have felt that bliss. I don’t experience it all the time and sometimes it takes me a while to notice how much I miss it. Often I come back to my senses when I read the spiritual writings of one who is explaining how great God is and I am reminded how good He is to me.
I suppose the saints stayed more connected to the bliss of God on a regular basis and missed it far less than me. I wish I knew their secret; all I can tell you is that it is a cycle for me to find myself unaware of God for a time. It is often a struggle to reconnect each day.
What brought me to my senses recently was a huge blessing He sent my way. This good thing literally came to me directly from the hand of God. I didn’t even consider sharing the joy I was feeling with anyone else but Him. It was so personal only God could give me this gift in the way it was given. Sometimes we get what we want and forget God for a while, we are so overcome by the earthly experience. That did not happen to me this time. I could only wonder how He could be so personal, kind and elaborate in His care for me. The blessing isn’t in what I received as much as in “Who” gave the gift. The Giver gives me more joy than the gift.
The bliss of God is experienced when we recognize the great things God has done for us. Psalm 126:3 says,
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
That is the reason for my sudden awareness of the bliss of being known by God. When God does something so personal and so specific to your heart’s desire, you feel the bliss of God.
Now my questions for you are: Do you know what I am talking about? When is the last time you were overwhelmed by God’s love for you? Do you know that having a relationship with God includes feeling amazed by his love? Does feeling the bliss of God seem an unholy thought to you?
Each day includes little ways that we can connect to the love of God. The sunrise and sunset, the moon and stars, taking in a deep breath of the life-giving oxygen are all reasons to realize the bliss of God. What can you thank God for in this moment right now?
Your life does not have to be full of good things to feel the bliss of God. The bliss of God is about knowing God is there, He is for you, He is with you, and He is giving you what you need. I feel the bliss of God when I am able to see Him in spite of the most difficult circumstances. I think that was what Paul was describing to King Agrippa in Acts 26:22,
“But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike.”
Paul could see that God was helping him, with him, for him, even as he stood a condemned prisoner before King Agrippa. I have no doubt that Paul was freer, happier and more content that the ruler of that land whom he was addressing.
There’s nothing like the bliss of God! I hope you find it.