I don’t know about you, but I hate the idea of a blind date or dinner date with someone I don’t know, the very thought of it makes me cringe!
However, I have good news for you, spending time with God is nothing like that! However, it may feel like it at times, trust me I know. Nonetheless, the truth of it all is, God knows everything about you and me, my friend, more than we even know about ourselves!
I’ve grown up as a Christian my whole life, my mum used to make me read the Bible everyday and because I really didn’t want to, I would read Psalm 4 every single time. Unfortunately, even after all these years I can’t say that I have it memorised. So trust me, I know what it can be like to know the “steps” to practically encounter God, but what happens when these “steps” work one time but not another? Many have shared their tips on how they spend time with God and some have helped, but ultimately what they do to encounter God is going to be unique to their relationship with Him.
I don’t want to give you a step by step process on how to enter into God’s presence because I believe it’s really quite simple.
From experience the thing I find most important is my heart posture and my understanding of my Heavenly Father’s intention and participation in our relationship.
I am only twenty years old, so please hear me when I say I am not an expert, but in my lifetime I have thus far learned these few things along the way:
1. Don’t forget it is a two-way relationship
Sometimes I find that I put too much pressure on myself to know God, I set up everything I need in order to do all the things I need to do and I have the best intentions whilst doing it. However, I find that I am often left feeling quite disappointed because it’s not all that I hoped it to be. I tend to forget that God also desires intimacy with me. He desires me. I don’t have to climb a ladder or jump a wide chasm to reach Him. He is pursuing me, He wants me. He responds to my human and imperfect attempts of intimate relationship. If you desire more of God, remember that He feels the same about you. He works with us.
Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”
2. No more hiding
I can recall so many times that I’ve avoided that “one” thing that I need to talk to God about and never do. Though I never say anything, God already knows. Why do I try to hide from the all-knowing God? The God from whom nothing is hidden. The one who examines our hearts and tests our ways. God’s word says we can enter boldly into he throne room, we have no reason to hide. He is safe and He is trustworthy, Stop hiding. Stop it. Run to Him, run with complete and utter desperation. Vulnerability and trust equal intimacy. If you desire intimacy give this a try.
3. Take the pressure off
God knows your heart, He will make His voice known, His timing is perfect, trust His ways. All you need to do is avail yourself to Him. Those who are pure in heart will see the face of God. You are pure in heart, and there is no God other than God.
4. Give it time
It is a relationship, I forget this often. I find myself wanting a formula or a step by step explanation. How little and limited do we perceive our God to be that we try to contain Him into a procedure. He is a God of process, sacrifice, intimacy, adventure, personal and unconditional love. David is someone widely recognized in the bible as having an intimate relationship with God. If you’ve read his psalms then you’ve read a lot of “Why have you left me God,” and “Where are you?” Everything that I have learned about God, His character, His love and His ways has been through times of trial, feelings of distance from God, and seasons of what seems like silent, desperate seeking. If you are in this place right now, don’t give up, take my advice, as someone who has been their, perseverance and endurance is always worth it because this God that we surrender our all to is worth more than anything.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
by Deborah Madduma
October DTS Staff