From Genesis through to Revelation, one thing is obvious; God seeks intimacy with His ultimate creation – Man. I love the way someone once defined intimacy, he said, Intimacy means, “Into-Me-See.” It is the ability to see through to the innermost part of the other party involved, through quality time investment, to gain quality knowledge about them that is beyond the obvious, so as to be able to know them as they truly are, and then able to relate with them accordingly. It is the ability to reach deep for their heart, so as to get exposed to their character and get familiar with their way of life, and be in agreement with their school of thought.
“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”Amos 3:3
Intimacy usually involves an affectionate participation from the parties involved, each seeking and keeping the interests of the other. And we can say, as far as our relationship with God is involved, God is always constant. We are the only variables.
“Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an ev
erlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jer. 31:13
” Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations–as it is today.” Deut. 10:15
God wants intimacy with us not because He is lonely or affection starved, but because that is what He created us for – to pleasure or amuse His heart through the exhibition of His Glory in us.
I could recall a day in the year 2009, God just knocked me off a seemingly good business deal, and I was eager to know what He had for me in replace, but all He told me was to spend more time with Him and take root downward into the soil of His Word, and He kept giving me messages for people. At a time, I was tired of hearing things about people, I wanted to hear a step by step plan for my own life, but all He kept telling was about His people. While fellowshipping with Him one day, when He wouldn’t stop talking about people, I left my house and went to another regular place I used to fellowship alone with Him, I had barely sat down when He started talking about people again, but this time, it contained a personal responsibility on my part. This time He didn’t start with “Tell them”, or “tell him” or “tell her”, He started with my own part. Here is what He said,
“Help man live for Me! Tell them to stop chasing after things and to chase after Me instead. All that they are looking for is in Me. All they are chasing after now will still be taking away from them, and all that will remain is Me. If they don’t know Me now, I won’t know them then. Tell them to stop chasing after things and start chasing after Me. I want their attention, I want to enjoy them! Will a man use his money to prepare a soup and not enjoy it? I made them so I could enjoy them; it is in My enjoyment that they can find enjoyment. Until I begin to enjoy a man, he can’t enjoy himself. I want them to know, love, and understand Me. I “need” their affection! I made them for Myself, but not for themselves. Tell them to live for Me! Anyone who will not live for Me will be cast away from Me………”
You can tell from the time God created the first people on earth that He is a relationship driven God. He made man and made a garden for man to enjoy his relationship with Him to the fullest possible. He would come down and play with them, as we could conclude through the records in Genesis 3. Looking at the way both Abel and Cain presented their offerings, one could conclude they had a relationship with God; their hearts were still sensitive towards God, though at different degrees. It is important to know that they didn’t lose absolute relationship with God when they fell, they only lost their spiritual standing with Him.
A glimpse into the heart of God through an affectionate and intimate father-child relationship with God will enhance your personal worth and sense of your true value. That was the secret of David – an affectionate walk with God.
“With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.” Ps. 86:12-13
” I am always overwhelmed with a desire for your regulations.” Ps. 119:20
David was a sucker for God, he desired God so much so that he declare he would rather be a gatekeeper in God’s house than to be anything more elsewhere.
Our lives are anchored on our walk with God that is why a life void of a quality walk with God will be full of crisis. We are creatures of relationships; we function and grow by it. Who you relate with consistently affects who you become eventually. If you want to change a person’s way of life or pattern of behavior, change their environment. When I say environment, I’m not particularly referring to a change of address or a geographical location, I mean, above all other things, the prevailing thinking pattern or influence that dominates that environment. Every environment is a reflection of a dominant influence, which is a product of a thinking pattern. To change the geographical location but retain the thinking pattern is to create an extension of the previous location, it is a matter of time, and the new location will soon becomes a phase 2, except there’s a stronger prevailing mental behavior there. That’s exactly what happens when we develop an intimate relationship with God, as we spend time with Him, He changes our lives by influencing us through His Word and by His Spirit, who always dominates His environment.
There’s always a cultural exchange going on in the world. The stronger culture always imparts on the weaker ones, and that’s usually through relationship of some sorts. When you decide to grow a relationship with someone, you have signed to be influenced by that person, somehow. Signing up for an affectionate walk with God qualifies for exchange. There, you can exchange your weaknesses for His strength, your sadness for His Joy, your poverty for His riches, your sickness for His health.
“I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler.” Is. 60:17
It is not only a place of constant exchange, it is also of rest and replenishing.
‘The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’ Ex. 33:14
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Is. 40:31
Have you ever wondered why the greatest commandment is, ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind?’ (Matt. 22:37) A lot of people don’t realize that everything God is demanding of us is for our own benefits. Like He said to, “Until I begin to enjoy a man, he cannot enjoy himself,” God can’t be enjoying you and you won’t enjoy yourself, because the only way God enjoys a man is when he functions according to God’s intention for creating him. And you can’t be functioning according to purpose and not enjoy yourself, it is not possible. This I know because the universal purpose for all creation is to bring God pleasure,
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev. 4:11
What is that pleasure? His Glory!
“Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.” Is. 43:7
And how do you bring Him the pleasure (glory)? By manifesting or exhibiting His glory through your specific assignment on earth.
“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.? John 17:4
In other words, you bring God glory or pleasure by fulfilling your specific purpose or assignment on earth. That means God enjoys you when you function according to purpose, thereby fulfilling His intention for creating you. Therefore, loving God is the pathway to enjoying self and fulfilling purpose. This is the way it plays out, If you love God you will obey His commandment, if you obey His commandment, then you will enjoy the benefits or rewards of obedience, and the rewards or benefits of obedience are given to aid the running and completion of your purpose on earth. So He gives you all that you need or desire so He can enjoy you more. That’s why the Bible says,
“Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Ps. 35:27
In summary, walking intimately with God puts you in alignment with His purpose for your life, and that guarantees constant flow of God’s best your way,
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Ps. 37:4
Friend, you can’t be amusing God’s heart and your life will be dull or boring. Get intimate with God; it will give your life a polishing effect. You will radiate with the glory of God.
If you have ever been in a love relationship before, then you already have an idea what getting intimate with God requires. Intimacy with God thrives on spending quality time with God, deliberately.
You spend time,
- Studying His Word
- Meditating on the Word
- Fellowshipping with Him in songs and Psalms
- Forming sweet thoughts about Him affectionately
- Communicating with Him through prayers and thanksgiving
It takes intentional devotion to get intimate with God. Like every love relationship, you must desire it to initiate it. After initiating it, you need commitment to get devoted to its demands, and you need time to grow and nurture it. Say like the descendants of Korah,
“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.” Ps. 42:1
I dare you to get intimate with God!!!