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The general thinking is that intimacy with another person, be it a spouse or other close friend, is the fruit of emotion, a common nature and a shared set of experiences.

It is typically understood as something that develops apart from a specific strategy of intent. For if such were the case, the thinking goes, many people could have intimacy with certain people whose hearts they have long desired.

We know that human intimacy is not an equation to be manipulated, however.

Just because we want it does not mean it is going to happen.

Spiritual intimacy with God is another matter, though.

If we want it, and we do things in certain ways for certain reasons, we can have it with God.


Here’s the reason for my comment above:

And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.” (II Chronicles 28:9-10)


King David’s statement inspired by the Holy Spirit makes clear that intimacy is learned, not just found. It is a fruit of servant-hearted emotions, efforts and thoughts.

If we seek Him, we will find Him.

So how do I seek intimacy with God?

Worship Him with all of my heart.

Serve Him with all of my heart.

Utilize my mind as a computer to plan ways to honor God, serve His people and reject the schemes of Satan.

Understand that the God of my spiritual ancestors is the same God who desires a relationship with me.

Strive to have as good — or better — of a relationship with God as did they.

Take every thought captive so that it might be a servant of the Lord.

As God sees our minds guiding our steps and our hearts guarding our steps, the intimacy we share with Him will grow.

Why? Because of the growing trust we have toward Him and Him toward us.

It is that trust that provides the foundation for intimacy.

The wrap-up? Let’s learn to do the things that build trust and we’ll be learning the things that build intimacy.

With God. And with each other.

As always, I love you

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