I read a message on DesiringGod.org called Intimacy Comes Through Trembling. It speaks of the cost of intimacy with our Father.
The world seems to have an idea of God as a big cuddly Santa Claus in the sky who wants nothing but our happiness. I plan to write more about this in the future as I work on an upcoming series that’s in the planning stages at the moment…but as I read, this passage popped out at me:
The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:6–7)
This gives a fuller picture of who God is, from the Father Himself. So many people want the first part but deny the second part, and are horrified at the “unfairness” of the last part.
How could we achieve true intimacy with God unless we seek to know His true being? We wouldn’t expect that from a husband or wife, we love and accept our children for the fullness of who they are…yet the deepest relationship possible is found with God Himself. Why would we accept any less than every part that He has revealed to us?
If this kind of closeness with the Father is something that you are continually seeking, this article may enlighten you!