3 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUILDING INTIMACY WITH GOD
When I think of intimacy I automatically think of Moses. Moses had intimacy with the Lord to the point where God called Moses “friend of God.” Such intimacy was not reserved just for Moses or other people in the Bible. God desires that type of intimacy with all His children. Growing up, my close friends knew me better than anyone else. They knew my habits (good and bad), my desires and my dreams. We knew each other well enough to finish each other’s sentences and thoughts. This type of friendship took time to build. All relationships take time to cultivate. The more time you spend on each relationship the more you will be willing to show your true self. The more time you spend with a person the more you know them. The same is with God. He wants us to take time and cultivate a relationship with Him. He wants us to be intimate with Him so He can know us, and we can know Him. He wants to encounter us so that others can encounter Him through us.
Exodus 33: 7-11 “Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship each at his tent door. Thus, the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.”
1. Intimacy Takes Time
You have to set aside time for the Lord. As we see in Exodus Moses would take the tent and pitch it outside of the camp away from everyone so he could meet with God alone. He even called it the tent of meeting. This was not the only time Moses took the time to meet with God; there were many instances that Moses would go up and down Mt. Horeb to seek the Lord. Set a meeting time and place with God. Remove all distractions and focus fully on getting to know God. Don’t beat yourself up if you are only able to meet 10 minutes a day or even 5. When a person is getting to know someone, they don’t start out by spending every day or hour with them. It usually starts off slow. When I met my wife, I only was able to see and spend time with him for a day every other couple weeks. Now that we are married, we see each other every day. Intimacy takes time.
2. Intimacy Brings the Presence
Whenever Moses would go into the tent of meeting a pillar of cloud would come and the Lord would speak to Moses. Whenever you meet with the Lord it ushers in the Presence of God. There have been many times to where I have been seeking the Lord in worship and in prayer where the tangible presence of God has come in and filled the place I am at. When you take time to meet with God the more you are able to experience Him. When you invite God to meet with you, He shows up. He won’t turn down your invitation. What causes people to feel as though God is not present is because of their own pre-conceived ideas of how they think He should show up. Just invite Him and trust that He is with you.
3. Intimacy is Contagious
It is interesting to me that when Moses would go to meet with God the people would watch until he ushered in the presence. When God would descend in the meeting place, they would all begin to worship! Our time with the Lord should cause others to have a desire to worship the Lord themselves. Moses’ hunger for the Lord caused others to want to worship God. Moses was so intimate with God that it was contagious. Emotions can be contagious. Just think of it this way, when a woman sits down to watch a romantic movie there is at least one point in the movie she will be in tears because of the heartache a character may be experiencing. Or for a man watching his favorite sports team, he can be seen cheering along with the crowd on the TV. All because Moses decided to meet with God, which caused God to show up, the people outside of the tent of meeting began to worship. Moses’ hunger caused others to hunger. Our worship and intimacy with the Lord should cause others to desire their own intimate time with Him.
Take time in the next week to cut out some things that may be replacing your intimate time with the Lord. It may be a show you love to watch or time you spend on social media. Even adding 5 extra minutes to your time with God is a win. If you don’t know what to pray you can just rest in His presence and worship. Take time to listen. For me, worship leads me into prayer. It is not always our responsibility to do all the talking, but I can bet once you start worshiping the holy spirit will lead you into prayer.