Monday, June 22, 2009

Intimacy With God

My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me… John 10:27

The picture that Jesus paints with His words is one of intimacy. There exists a personal conversation that connects close friends. When He says that He knows us, He really, really knows us and chooses us as friends anyway.

Elijah had lived a wildly adventurous life. Boldly challenging the religious elite of his time to “put up or shut up” on Mount Carmel was only a piece of the adventure. He had seen much and done much over his years. There was yet one thing left that was critical in his understanding about his God.

So (God) said to him, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake! And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. And it came about when Elijah heard it that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the care. And behold, a voice came to him and said….

In six days God created everything that we see in addition to the many things that we will never see. His power has been displayed in earthquakes, stopping rivers, bringing water out of rocks, confounding enemies, providing manna, controlling the sun and in so many other dramatic displays. The attention getting displays of God’s power does not bring intimacy. Elijah had seen the power but hadn’t accepted the personal friendship with his God.

Jesus again stated the desire of our God to have intimate friendship with us. This invitation comes on the terms that we are able to accept. Our Creator knows our inner being and what it takes to reach that inner part. It is not the eye-popping miracles that speak to our spirits; it is the whisper of the great lover of our souls that strums the chords of life deep within us.

He is speaking to you, inviting you to come aside. Friendship, intimacy, completeness awaits.

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