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Deepening Intimacy

Posted by Jerry White on Jul 25, 2016

“It would seem that admission to the inner circle of deepening intimacy with God is the outcome of deep desire. Only those who count such intimacy a prize worth sacrificing anything else for are likely to attain it. If other intimacies are more desirable to us, we will not gain entry to that circle.
The place on Jesus’ breast is still vacant, and open to any who are willing to pay the price of deepening intimacy. We are now, and we will be to the future, only as intimate with God as we really choose to be.”
J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy With God, 17
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You will seek and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.
Jeremiah 29:13-14 (ESV)
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Saints in the Bible speak of gazing on the Lord, thirsting for God, wanting to know Him, desiring to see His glory, meditating on Him, asking for His presence, waiting for Him in silence, and other terms that express this longing. Saints through the ages have testified through their writings of having this same desire. Augustine wrote, “God thirsts to be thirsted after.” Jonathan Edwards spoke often of what he called “vehement longings of soul.” It is easy for us to agree that desiring God’s presence is good. It is simple for us to agree on the importance of seeking Him diligently. More is needed, however. Ruthless honesty with ourselves is required if we are going to make any progress in our pursuit of God. Am I really like the deer panting for water (Psalm 42:1)? Do I truly anticipate the hour when I can draw aside to be alone with the Lord Jesus (Psalm 42:2)? Am I really content with my present level of intimacy with Him? Or am I willing to make disciplined choices necessary in my daily schedule so that my spiritual thirst can be generously quenched by heaven’s pure water? The Lord alone can work in one’s heart so it is stirred with fresh thirst for Him. He will compassionately answer His child who humbly asks with a believing heart.

Lord, as I diligently seek You, please give me a growing thirst for You.
JRW

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