Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you… James 4:8a
In Cynthia Heald’s book “Intimacy with God,” she makes a profound statement regarding the human longing for intimacy, she states:
There is a restlessness deep within each of us that compels us to search for the person, the place, the job, the “god” that will fill the void and give us peace. This restlessness drives us to find someone who will love us for who we are, understand our fears and anxieties, affirm our worth, and call our lives into account. To admit our need for dependence upon God requires humility and vulnerability, which paves the way not only for knowing God, but also for becoming intimate with Him.
The problem with humanity is the lack of understanding that we are made for intimacy, but that intimacy has to followed in the right order. It is not until we recognize that intimacy with God has to be priority number one before we will have any fulfillment in any other relationships, ventures or activities in life. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Until God becomes our first priority, we will never experience any lasting fulfillment from that which we pursue.
In order for us to gain intimacy with God we must first have a growing, and an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ. I know that sounds redundant, but there are many who desire to grow, but their commitment is sporadic when it comes to their relationship with Christ. It is imperative that we have a deep and longing desire for Him. J. Oswald Sanders states, “Mutual love and confidence are the keys to intimacy; deepening intimacy with God is the outcome of deep desire.” So the question I must ask is, How passionate is your desire for God?”
Throughout the Psalms we see the longing desire for intimacy with God. Psalm 42, 62 and 63 begin with the Psalmist expressing confidence and a deep yearning for God’s presence:
Psalm 42:1-2 (ESV)
As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. (2) My soul thirsts for God for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 62:1-2 (ESV)
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. (2) He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Psalm 63:1-3 (ESV)
O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (2) So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory. (3) Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. (4) So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands.
These Psalms express the intense craving for intimacy the psalmist desired for the loving, mercifully kind and gracious Lord. Truly, when a believer ardently seeks communion with God, he or she will not be disappointed. The more we know God; the more our confidence in Him will grow. The more our confidence in Him grows; the more at peace we will be. I want to give you the words of Apostle Paul to the Philippian believers as it pertains to the peace of God, he said:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (7) And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Growing in intimacy affords us the blessing of having complete confidence in God that whatever life has to throw at us we have God’s peaceful presence with us. The song writer states this fact so well in the chorus of the hymn “He Lives.” He says:
He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today; He walks with me, and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart; you ask me how I know He lives…He lives, within my heart.”
When there is genuine intimacy with our Lord, there is nothing else on earth that can compare with the blessed satisfaction He provides. I mean, absolutely nothing. Therefore, we will be able to enjoy the things He so graciously allows us to have with a proper perspective. Make Him your number one priority to have a deep desire to grow closer and closer to every day.
Your servant in Christ,