“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and labor on what
does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
eat and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me; hear me that your soul may live…”
What is intimacy? If any number of people were asked such a question, inevitably a variety of answers would be given. Several adjectives that I certainly believe would be included in those responses would be “closeness” or some sort of “bond” or “connection” between two people. Most likely, these connections or sense of closeness would be positive experiences enriching the lives of those involved. Other aspects of the “intimacy” question would be “time” and “things invested” that become both the foundation and maintenance aspect of such a relationship. When we speak of intimacy with someone, it must have had a beginning point (i.e. if marriage, a courtship; if a close friendship, a variety of experiences) which strengthened the close bond between those individuals.
What about intimacy with God? This question is one which can be more difficult for us to answer based on our knowledge, understanding, and personal experiences with God. Working backwards with our equation above, first the beginning point or foundation for our intimacy with God must be our relationship with Jesus, coming to know Him as our personal Lord and Savior. Second, our intimacy with God must have both a growth and maintenance aspect which would include time spent with him, including Bible study, prayer, and daily pondering the Cross of Jesus (understanding the freedom we are given because of our salvation). Pondering the cross reminds us of what Jesus sacrificed for us, providing us forgiveness of sin, mercies renewed every morning, and grace poured over our lives moment by moment along our journey.
Our connecting point with God each morning and throughout each day is to simply bring ourselves to Him as described in Isaiah 55:1-3, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, eat and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me that your soul may live…” Coming to Jesus daily, surrendering every area of our lives to Him, asking Him to reveal Himself to us through scripture and prayer, and connecting with Him through the presence of His Spirit within us, leads us into a deeper intimacy in our walk with Him.
If we are thirsty, Jesus promised to provide us with “living water” (John 4:10), and if we walk closely with him, “through us will flow streams of living water” (John 7:38). If we are hungry or thirsty, Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) Jesus also promised that, “Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (The Goodness of God) shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) If indeed, these things become most important in our lives, and we commit ourselves to them, we will begin to enjoy an intimacy with God we’ve never experienced before. Through God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness renewed every morning we are provided the opportunity for intimacy with him that is beyond compare.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for desiring to have a more intimate relationship with us in our lives. Give us a desire and willingness to draw nearer to You every morning and throughout our day. Father, when our lives feel empty and barren You provide nourishment for our souls as we hunger and thirst for You. For only You can provide the things which ultimately satisfy the deepest longings of our soul and lead to a deeper walk with You. Father help us daily to listen, to be still, and to purposefully pursue a more intimate connection in our relationship with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.