“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV
God's physical touch is one of the first things you may feel when God begins to draw you. It's also one of the most comforting things you can ever experience. Trust me … I'm an addict for God's touch.
Here's what God's physical touch feels like:
Have you ever been upset or discouraged, and all of a sudden you feel like Someone is with you who knows you very well, and cares about everything that concerns you?
Maybe it has happened to you in a church service, when you haven't even wanted to be there, but all of a sudden you can't stop crying… and you feel like somebody loves you, out of the blue.
Maybe your heart has been touched when you're worshipping God, and your body might respond strangely; you might be shaking or crying. But even though you may feel like a crying, shaky mess, hope has dawned in your heart.
You suddenly know that everything is all right, and will be all right. All of a sudden, you feel comforted and very special… even if you didn't feel that way a moment before.
Or, maybe someone has hugged you, and you really needed a hug RIGHT THEN. You felt like God must have sent them; how did they know you needed a hug? You might have cried and cried while they hugged you (I know I have.)
Or, maybe you've been all by yourself. You may have been sad, or lonely, or depressed, or feeling discouraged… and a song comes on the radio. It's just the right song at just the right time, and somehow the words jump off the airwaves right into your heart. It brings you comfort. You feel that love, again… strange, wonderful love. You feel like somebody must have known you needed a touch, at that exact moment.
All of these experiences are God's physical touch.
But why does God touch you?
Think of it like this: When you love someone–a friend, family member, spouse, child, or even a pet–you touch them. It's natural to touch one another. Hugs, high-fives, a pat on the back, even petting your dog are all expressions of love and affection:
- A high-five among friends says, “You're cool. We're both happy about the same thing. We're having a great time today.”
- A pat on the back says, “Hey, don't worry. It's going to be ok.”
- If you're a girl, you know that a sympathetic hug from your best girlfriend says, “I understand what you're going through, even the things you don't even know how to say, and I'm sorry, and I'm not judging you for what you've told me.”
- If you're a guy, you may slap another guy–or punch his arm–as he walks by. It's your way of saying, “Hey dude, you're cool and I want you to know it.”
- A long hug from your spouse says, “I love you. You love me. We belong to each other and no one else.”
Physical touch is one way we express our love and kinship to others. Stop for a minute and think about someone you love:
- How do you touch them?
- What makes you reach out to them?
- What are you thinking and feeling when you touch them? Sympathy? Joy? Are you just feeling proud of them?
We touch people because we love them. We touch them to encourage them and to let them know “I'm right here with you.” We touch people to comfort them.
And just like you touch the people you love, God loves to touch you. Touching you is one of His ways to love on you.
His touch, though, is much more tender, more understanding, and more comforting than even the most tender touch from a human that we could ever imagine. He is a loving Father. He is your Daddy God.
Think of all the times that you have felt God's presence. When you have felt His presence, that was Him touching you. Think of the comfort, the tears of relief as your burdens rolled away, and the sense of companionship you felt. That is what His touch feels like.
Stop and chew on this. This is what God's love feels like. It's feeling Him touching you.
And you can touch God back!
Related: A Big Hug From Daddy God For YOU!
You can touch God because He is always with you. Psalm 139:7-10 says:
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.”
God is everywhere. That means He's right next to you, right now. If you put out your hand into the air next to you, God's Spirit is actually there. You are actually touching God.
So since God fills every molecule of the air next to you… and even lives in you if you have a sin-forgiving, life-changing relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ… then He is actually touching you all the time.
Father God loves you so much that He never stops hugging you. He's in the physical space where you are. He never stops holding you. He never stops holding your hand. He never stops patting you on the back.
He's right there with you, no matter where you are. This is what it feels like to be loved.
And if you will practice staying aware of His touch all the time, it will help you receive His love. It will change your mindset to know that God loves you, and to actually feel like He does … because now you will feel this beautiful facet of what His love means.
Your Daddy God wants to heal you with His loving, gentle touch.
Will you let Him? Why don't you ask God to touch you with His love right now, and see what happens? Do this to practice feeling God's touch:
- Close your eyes (after you finish reading this blog post).
- Imagine your Daddy God right there with you.
- Lift your hands like a little child reaching for his or her Daddy. (Or, wrap your arms around yourself, since God lives in you.)
- Out loud, cry out: “Daddy! HUG!”
And He will hug you.
God loves you. His heart beats for you. And He's touching you right now. If you will practice noticing His touch, it will help you feel God's love all the time.
Does this blog post encourage you? If so, would you leave a comment below and share? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
As I shared in the first post in the “How to Feel Like God Loves You” series, the truths I am writing about in this series are things God showed me after I read a book entitled The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts (see my review here) by Gary Chapman (Amazon affiliate link). Read my affiliate disclosure here.
Read the rest of the posts in this series:
- How to Feel Like God Loves You
- Quality Time: God Is All Over You
- Acts of Service: The Energizer Bunny Has Nothing On God
- Response to Reader Question: Is It Too Strange For God to Serve Us?
- Words of Affirmation: He's Just That Into You
- The Gifts He Keeps On Giving
- Book Review: The Five Love Languages: The Secret To Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman