8 Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you.
Over the last two weeks or so we have taken the time to reflect on the importance of creating intimate moments with our Lord and Heavenly Father. It sounded like a strange thing to spend time discussing, yet so many Christians fail to create this time alone in the presence of God. Much of the time we allocate to God is often done in a congregational set-up – having others alongside us.
Yet the reality is that God desires an intimate relationship (one on one) with you personally; it’s this intimate time that helps to simplify the journey. While congregational worship is vital to our journey (don’t ever consider seeing this as unimportant), our personal time alone is even more so.
Our lives were designed to do one thing first – draw closer to God, as everything we do flows from our intimate time alone with Him. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that if you desire to see whether someone has spent intimate time with the Lord, all you have to do is look at their actions. This will be a clear indicator.
Our moments of intimacy are where we gain the heart of God. That same heart is reflected in the parable of the Prodigal Son. Today, more than ever, we need men and women who have a real understanding of God’s heart – what He values and what He desires.
We have been given every tool imaginable to create an intimate relationship with the Lord. It now rests in our hands to pick up these tools and begin delving into the hidden treasures God desires us to find. Draw near to Him … and He will draw near to you.
While you might think that this type of intimacy is only needed for pastors and the rest of the five-fold ministry, it is actually needed for every single person who desires to become a disciple of Christ Jesus.
If you keep failing in the same area of temptation or particular sin – check your intimacy. If you keep reacting in a manner that leaves you feeling ashamed – check your intimate time alone with the Lord.
As we reflect back on all that we have discussed when it comes to intimacy, let us make sure that we begin to pick up our personal devotional times alone with the Lord again, prioritizing it every single day.
This world of ours doesn’t need more believers who simply only believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life – they need men and women who will set time aside for the Lord and desire building that important foundation in their personal journey.
Everything we do flows from our intimacy with the Lord… everything.
Heavenly Father. I thank You for the opportunity I get to spend time alone with You each and every day. My life is simply not the same without You and I desire to know You more intimately. As I draw closer to You, let me come to see You more clearly (drawing closer to me) in my devotional time. I pray this in Jesus mighty name. Amen.