Intimacy has been a large part of our conversations lately. We are planning to attend a Love After Marriage conference soon and have also been preparing for a long separation due to his job. In the midst of work, travel, study, chores and parenting we have also been feeling the need for a new and closer relationship with God. Intimacy.
We have been reminded that intimacy with God is so much more than devoting time. Sometimes it’s easy to go through the motions. We are taught that marriage is a model of our relationship with God. Often routines can become habits without heart, good morning greetings and kisses goodbye.
Sadly, as many have discovered sex can just be sex and not intimacy. Likewise, you can read the Word, raise your hands in worship, make known your prayer requests, or seek His wisdom for the current crisis. It can just be going through the motions. You can do all that and never have Intimacy.
My amazing husband shared a revelation with me last night. He was reading in Matthew and a familiar verse jumped out at him.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’ Matthew 7:22-23
Intimacy has nothing to do with how much we DO for God. We can even operate out His power, prophesy and do miracles. We can DO and DO and DO. We can even seek to know all we can about Him and have a dedicated devotional life. But did you see what He said?
“I never knew YOU!”He wants to know us. He wants to have intimacy. He wants us to open up and SHARE ourselves with Him. Of course, God knows everything about us, even the number of hairs on our head at any given moment. But His desire is to go beyond his omniscience and engage with what we want to share with Him. He wants to know us. He wants intimacy. Like our own desire in relationship is that our lover would bare his soul with vulnerability, trust and honesty as we do the same. No coercion, no agenda, no pressure. Just Love.
I agree with Donald Miller’s reflection from Searching for God knows what “I have sometimes wondered if the greatest desire of man is to be known and loved anyway.” I believe in this bed of intimacy is the greatest fulfillment we’ll ever experience.
Are you willing to bare your heart, soul and spirit to the greatest Lover you will ever know? He is too.
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