Whatever fascinates us gets our attention and ultimately our affection. Our affections determine what we treasure and what we treasure defines the true devotion of our hearts. We love what marvels us. We become what we behold.
If our hearts are not fascinated with the Lord we will turn to entertainment, recreation or even unhealthy addictions as the primary means to fulfill our need for it. But in the end, these never satisfy.
I have been in pursuit to understand what it means to be fascinated with God and more importantly, “how” it happens.
Here is a process that at least helps me shed light on the matter. I guess it can be called “the road to fascination.”
I am going to share it here and ask you for your comments. My goal is to keep it as simple as possible. If it cannot be practical how can we apply it. I’ll begin with fascination and work my way backwards.
1. Fascination is the result of discovery.
Job 11:7 “Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything there is to know about the Almighty?”
What brings the heart into fascination is discovery, to find or learn something unknown. Fascination comes from attention being drawn irresistibly to something in such a way that it grabs the affection of our heart.
2. Discovery is the result of pursuit.
Prov. 25:2 “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.“
Our pursuit leads us to discovery. The person who discovers gold pursues it. We will continually discover what we consistently pursue. The discovery of the depths of God must accompany a passionate pursuit.
3. Pursuit is the result of hunger.
Psalm 84:2 “My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
We pursue what we are hungry for. Pursuit requires persistence and persistence is the result of hunger. Our pursuit ends when hunger is absent. The good news about spiritual hunger is that the more we eat the hungrier for God we get. Hunger is His gift to us.
4. Hunger is the result of revelation.
Eph. 1:17 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
When God “lifts the veil” and reveals something about Himself to us, hunger is created. The more revelation we receive the hungrier we become. Think about the four living creatures around the throne of God in Revelation 4 and 5. These creatures never stop saying “Holy, Holy, Holy” because they are continually receiving revelation from the Lord. It’s hard to maintain hunger when we are not receiving revelation.
5. Revelation is the result of self-disclosure.
John 1:18 ‘No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.”
God has chosen to reveal himself to humanity. We are created in His image and likeness so we can relate to Him. It’s His design, His will and His delight to bring us into an eternal “knowing” of God. He chooses to “lift the veil” and gives us revelation of who He is. Revelation of God Himself thrills the heart like no other. We receive it now because He has chosen to reveal Himself.
6. Self-Disclosure is the result of God’s heart.
Jeremiah 31:3 “…I have loved you,with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
The heart of the Lord beats with desire to be discovered, to be known and to be loved by mankind. It’s out of this burning desire for a love relationship that He has chosen to make Himself known. It all starts in the heart of God.
Fascination is the result of discovery. Discovery is the result of pursuit. Pursuit is the result of hunger. Hunger is the result of revelation. Revelation is the result of self-disclosure. Self-Disclosure is the result of God’s heart.
It starts and ends with His heart.
Fascination is not meant to just “wow us” but to “lead us” into eternal pleasures in God that are both unyielding and unending.
Your Turn: In what ways has this been helpful to you? Which level in the road to fascination speaks to you most?