Day 35: Intimacy With God (April 4th)
Reading: Psalms 15
Intimacy is the most important aspect of any family relationship. Whether with our spouses or children, every person should desire a close and personal relationship in which truth is spoken, love is given, and joy is shared. When intimacy is missing from the relationship, nothing else feels right.
Intimacy does not come automatically. It must be sought and applied. A woman who wants to be intimate with her husband can only get as far as he is willing to allow her. He can easily cease from communicating, occupy himself with other things, or not be truthful. No matter how much the wife can plead and try, it is the choice of the other party to make themselves transparent so that the other can truly enter into their experience.
This truth applies directly to our Christian life. God our Father desires that we have a very personal and intimate relationship with him. The Bible tells us that he made us for his pleasure. (Revelation 4:11) There is no reluctance in God to reveal of himself, in as much as we are able to partake of. But the problem always lies in us. We either don’t seek intimacy as the greatest part of our relationship with him or either we do things, which prevent us from experiencing him in the most fulfilling way.
It is important to remember that the goal of our self-denial is this one thing: intimacy with God. It will be in that intimacy that we are able to hear his voice, draw nearer in faith, and be encouraged as we proceed in our spiritual journey. The presence of God will fill us during the wilderness seasons of life.
Prayer: God, I thank you for speaking to me today. Help me to draw closer to you so that when my faith is tested I can stand strong knowing you are with me. Amen.