Intimacy is not something that occurs spontaneously. The fruit of it is spontaneity in our response to the one we love, but to get to that place requires place requires great determination and purpose. There are no short cuts. It takes time, attention and a willingness to suffer. We all long for God in the deepest part of our being, but unless we have purposed in our hearts to know Him deeply we will continue to live our lives more acquainted with the world than His wonders.
God’s ways are almost always counter intuitive. Most people would pay lots of money to be able to live above the horror and sadness that inundates this world and their own hearts. There is a way, but it’s more than most people want to pay. Jesus came to show us the way to overcome the world. He walked in intimacy with His father all the way to the cross. Intimacy with God will take us places we never dreamed we’d go. If our hearts are one with His, we will be touched by what touches Him. He is near to the brokenhearted. Are we? If we truly want to see people touched by God, then we have to allow Him to touch ever part of us. We cannot hold back.
Jesus did not go to the cross so we could live comfortably and isolate ourselves from the suffering in the world. In fact, He will sometimes disrupt our comfort on purpose, not because He’s mean and uncaring, but because He wants us to live in the power of His Resurrection and in the closeness with the Father for which He died. He wants us to be so in unison with Him that His heart for the lost and broken becomes ours and causes us to desire to sacrifice for them just as He did for us.
There is no greater pursuit than knowing God. All of the success in the world will not get us through the tough times, but knowing Him will. Be careful what you set out to pursue. You will probably get what you seek, but it will cost you one way or the other and the difference in the return on your investment is vast.
10[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
11That if possible I may attain to the [[b]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].