When Rihanna And Jesus Say The Same Thing

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This song has been in my head all week. Gauging from your response to my most recent post, many of you feel like you are waiting for something. I thought I’d re-share this post as it seems to be a fitting follow up.

I’ve been thinking about Rihanna a lot these past few days. Maybe because I accidentally dyed my hair BRIGHT red two nights ago. Or perhaps because I wrote about Chris Brown recently. Mostly she is on my mind because I heard a song of hers when I was running errands that I haven’t been able to shake. I don’t like all of her stuff, but these words…

I know that Rihanna’s lyrics are about some guy & not Jesus, but they so perfectly articulate what my dialogue with Jesus seems to be like these days.

I threw my hands in the air and said,

‘Show me something.’

He said, ‘If you dare, come a little closer.’ 

-Rihanna, “Stay”

You know that verse in Psalm that says…”I waited patiently for the Lord…”?  Yea, not so much. That hasn’t been my attitude lately. I’ve been a little less King David and a bit more Rihanna about it. Throwing my hands in the air and telling God to show me something.

Show me what you are doing about my adoption.

Show me your plans for these backlogged dreams to come to pass.

Show me why hope hurts…still.

Show me where the breakthrough will come from.

Show me how I am supposed to find rest for this weary heart.

Hands in the air & yelling at God to show me. Prove it, God. Show me the reason I am still here.That is where I’ve been these past few weeks. Giving the Israelites in the Old Testament some stiff competition in the doubting department. My demands are not met with an excuse for His delay, summary of His plan or a rebuke my attitude.

My hands in the air are met with an invitation.

If you dare, come a little closer.

If I drop my demands. If I dare drop my pain and my sense of entitlement. If I dare…to come closer. To push in instead of push away. That is what Jesus keeps saying to me … come closer.

Closer to His heart. Closer to His generous nature. Closer to the one who resolves every internal conflict I have. Why? Why should I come closer?

Because in His presence is fullness of joy. The joy I am so thirsty for.

Because at His right hand are pleasures forever. The satisfaction I am craving.

Because no good thing does He withhold from me. God is not stingy with me. He has not forgotten.

Even more than those things, I need to draw closer because He loves me. With my hands in the air and my ultimatums – He still loves me. No matter how long I have been walking with God or how far I have come, I need to be loved. I never outgrow my need to hear Jesus tell me He loves me.

I’m not sure who you are, if you hate Rihanna or if your voice is hoarse from screaming your demands to God. But, I do know that you need to be loved too. So, take another risk & be daring.

Put down your stiff arms and listen past your own voice yelling. Do you hear it? Do you hear His invitation to you?

…He said, “If you dare, come a little closer…”

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12 responses to “When Rihanna And Jesus Say The Same Thing

  1. “I never outgrow my need to hear Jesus tell me He loves me.” I loved this. This is exactly what I’ve been feeling right now. And of course now I have to listen to “Stay”.

  2. The right stuff. The bottom-line-always-gonna-be-true stuff. Lord let “coming closer” be our lifestyle. Amen.

  3. Years ago the Lord showed me that was one of the main things He was seeking in my reaction to pain, confusion and frustration…He wanted me to learn to pull closer to Him because I trust Him and not pull away because I was afraid of what He was doing. Wish I could say I have it totally handled, but, alas, still trying.

  4. Kitty

    I love that you found the fathers heart cry in a Rhianna song! God is in everything that we are willing to look for him in. I also really love that we can get creative and use this as a prayer over our generation, that every time this song is played/heard/sung/danced to its God’s cry to his children that is heard. I want to see prodigals in nightclubs weeping because they heard God’s invitation to come closer. Thanks for the challenge to drop our agenda, because God’s is always intimacy and its always what we end up needing!

  5. Heidi

    What verses were you quoting up there? I want to read them. Thanks for sharing this, Liz.

  6. Lolly

    I’ve found such peace in just repeating, “I’m yours, Jesus, I’m yours.” It’s praise and surrender at the same time.

  7. Jessi

    “Because no good thing does He withhold from me. God is not stingy with me. He has not forgotten.” <-This! Oh how I needed this reminder. Right now, at this moment, I so needed to hear this. Another amazing post as always!

  8. God spoke to me through the John Legend song “All of Me”….so I get ya. Another great post….real and right on.

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