“My soul yearns for You in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for You…” -(Isaiah 26:9)
I love the freedom we have as believers in Christ to approach God’s throne boldly. The Bible actually says so in Hebrews 4:16. I love the freedom we have in Christ, in general. This freedom is spoken of a number of times in the New Testament.
However, I find that it is easier for us to see God as a being far away. We could feel too inadequate or unholy or just uncomfortable with the idea of relating with God personally. The Israelites at the time of Moses shared this sentiment. At one point they told Moses (Who God spoke with person to person) to go back and talk with God and tell Him that they were cool with Moses doing the communication for them, because God was scary and they didn’t want to die.
When they said this, God said, “Alright then.” And that was that. From that time on, God seemed even farther away from individuals who worshipped Him than at the time of Moses. Now we have Christ, who has come as our mediator to bring us back into relationship with God. Anyone remember Adam? God literally walked with Adam, whether He was all visible, we don’t know. But take a look at this: “The man(Adam) and his wife(Eve) heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” -(Genesis 3:8) That sounds very personal to me. God just chilling with his friends every now and then, taking walks in the garden, enjoying the cool evening. It’s so picture perfect.
This kind of relationship is what Christ came to restore us to. In this new relationship, we don’t have to hide from God as Adam and Eve did when they sinned against God. Now we are asked to come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for mercy. We can pray to God directly for ourselves. Jesus said, “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” -(John 16:36-27) SEE? The Father Himself loves you, so no need to hide. You can approach Him directly because of what Christ Jesus has done.
I love, absolutely love praying, because I get to talk with and listen to my Heavenly Father. Don’t be weirded out by the fact that I said that I listen to Him. God speaks in our spirits, and He speaks through His word. He speaks and leads us if only we are attentive to Him. He loves us like that.
Intimacy with God is priceless. I myself can’t wait to meet God in person. My confident hope is in Christ Jesus that I will. The Bible lets us know that the Holy Spirit in us is our guarantee. However, while I’m here in the body, I can have fellowship with God in the secret place. This simply means that I create time for real conversation with God. It means that I seek Him out alone, without distractions as much as I can, and I pray to Him about everything. I pray for people, situations, personal needs, and I listen, I seek His perfect will in submission. You can do the same if you aren’t already. It takes one step of faith, awkward though it may be.
Can you seek God today, and reach out to Him as a person, mighty though He is? Can you learn to trust Him, and learn to listen to Him? Can you dig into His word for His thoughts, and His wisdom? Say yes! 😀
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” -(Romans 10:9) That’s what it takes to come into God’s kingdom, and begin a beautiful intimacy with God. Peace to you, my friend.