What is God's Love Language?
My husband and I learned a long time ago that understanding the Love Languages is a huge asset when dealing with people, especially the person you are married to!! When you speak to someone in his or her love language it fills his or her love tank. If you don’t they can feel unloved even though you were trying to show them your love by your actions or words. It has been an invaluable tool for us. The five languages are Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch.
I know mine is Acts of Service. If my husband picks up or cleans the house without me asking, my knees go weak! If he fixes something that is broken in our house, swoon! If he sits and watches TV while I’m trying to clean the house for our company coming over, well let’s just say love is not what I’m feeling!
So the thought occurred to me the other day, what is God’s love language? What is it we do that speaks love to His heart? I believe that its obedience. Simply doing what He asks of us, not something close to what He said or our version of what He said, but just doing what He wants. In 1 Samuel 15:22 it states, But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to His voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
God had asked King Saul to go and attack Amalek, and to utterly destroy them. Saul decided to give God his version of that request. In verse 9 it says, “But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and ALL that was good, and were UNWILLING to utterly destroy them. Saul had been anointed King over Israel, but this act of disobedience cost him dearly. God striped the Kingdom from him and gave it to David.
Why? What was so wrong with what Saul did? There was a reason God required Saul to destroy everything, animals, men, women and children. The Amalekites were the first nation to war with Israel when they came out of Egypt. God promised then that He would wipe them from the face of the earth. He asked Saul to destroy them to fulfill this prophecy. Saul decides to save King Agag. His punishment is so severe because years later a descendent of Agag, Haman, rose up with a plot to completely destroy the Jews. Had it not been for the bravery of Queen Ester his plan would have succeeded. If Saul had obeyed God and killed Agag there would not have been a Haman.
I know it’s hard for our little brains to comprehend but God really knows what is best!! He sees the beginning of our lives to the very end. We can only see today. Don’t all children do this? Every five year old insists on knowing “WHY” to any request of their parents, because they do not understand all of the facts involved. We are just children of God who think we need to know ‘WHY”….We have no understanding of how our choices can affect our future. But God does. Why is it so difficult to trust Him when He asks us to obey? Why do we fear that He won’t do what is best for us, maybe because we simply don’t trust Him. Because we can’t see how it will turn out, we don’t have all of the details so we are sure we can do a better job of running our lives. Ouch.
God is crazy about YOU. He has an amazing plan for your life. But for any of us to fulfill and walk in that plan it will require our obedience. Obedience won’t always make sense at the time. The Gospels speak of Jesus over and over again stating that He only did what the Father did, and only spoke what the Father told Him to say. He was completely surrendered to the Fathers plan for His life. He walked in complete obedience. The scriptures record that God said of Jesus that He was His Son “in whom He was well pleased”. God was pleased with Jesus’ obedience and He desires the same of us.
Exodus 17:8-16, Ester 3:5-6, Matthew 3:13-17, 1 Samuel 15:22, John 14:15