A Deeper Intimacy with God
We are poised at the start of a new year, and the next twelve months are laid out before us. We know that God has ordained where we as a church will go and those we will meet because God has set us in Burlington and chosen us to serve Him here. God has a perfect plan for our church and His sovereignty ordains the steps on our path.
Moses also knew what it was like to be chosen and to have his steps ordained by God. In the book of Exodus, Moses says to the Lord, "You have told me, 'I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.' If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor" (Exodus 33:12-13, NLT). Moses uses the relationship he already enjoys with God as the basis to plead for deeper intimacy with Him. Moses was not satisfied to just be ordained by God to serve, instead Moses wanted his service to flow out of a profound understanding of God's ways and His grace (or favor). Moses then asks for assurance that God will go with him and the Israelites as they travel to the Promised Land, and God reveals His glory to Moses as a guarantee of His promised presence among the people.
Fast-forward to 2016 and we find ourselves asking the same questions: How can I know You, God? What do grace and mercy have to do with Your love for me? How can I be sure that You are with me at all times? The Bible says that God the Father is revealed to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3). We know that the Holy Spirit now lives among us and in us (John 14:16-17) so that are never without God.
In the book, The Pursuit of God, author A.W. Tozer writes, "O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed."
I pray that 2016 is a year when I plead to God for a deeper intimacy with Him. That I thirst for His Word and am made more thirsty still as I read of God's mercy and grace. I pray that my service flows out of a profound understanding of who God is and His grace toward me. And I pray the same for you. May God richly bless you in the year to come as you follow Him.
Candi Thorpe, Calvary Burlington