Always an eye-catching title, intimacy can mean a cozy, private atmosphere or a close friendship and familiarity with someone. Probably, the relationship between a husband and wife is considered the most “intimate.” Have you ever considered intimacy with God? For some, such a thought might be frightening or uncomfortable. But it is not to God.
Isaiah 54:5 says, “For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His name.” Anyone who has read Song of Songs understands the deep adoration and all-consuming emotions depicted between a man and woman; but consider God using it to compare such to a deep, personal thirst for Him.
Song of Songs 2:3, the Beloved describes her lover, “Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my lover among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.” She is declaring a choice, a uniqueness, a separateness from all others. He alone is the apple of her eye. He alone can shade her. His fruit is like none other.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” We are His special possessions. His chosen people! How unique we are to Him. How much more should He be to us?
God is a jealous God. He wants all of your devotion, adoration, love, and appreciation. He wants to provide for and protect you. He wants to comfort, heal, guide, and adore you.
Have you ever read Charles Dickens’ book, A Tale of Two Cities? The plot is thick and entangled, but character Charles Darnay awaits execution. His friend, Sydney Carton, visits Darnay the night before the execution, drugs him, exchanges clothes, takes his place in prison, and ultimately dies for Darnay. Carton secretly loved Darnay’s wife Lucie. It is a sacrificial death; he would rather die in Darnay’s place than see Lucie suffer without her husband. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”
To have someone die for your happiness; can you even imagine such devotion? Such love?
Actually, I can. We can. There is no greater love story than Christ’s death on the Cross. Does He not deserve our ultimate devotion? How can we not share an intimate relationship with God?
Talk to God. Rely on Him. Seek Him. Know, there is no love greater than His.