August 20 Intimacy with God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139

Key Verse: Psalm 139:7

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Even though intimacy with God involves a journey that takes place over a lifetime, the Bible teaches that there is never a time when God is unaware of you. He knows all about you—all the good and all the bad—and His love for you remains infinitely the same.

Salvation is just the beginning of a much closer relationship that builds and deepens over time. God is already there, intimately waiting for you to love and respond to Him. The more you grow in your knowledge of Him, the more you will come to understand that God gave everything He had to offer when He gave His Son for you as an atonement for your sins.

The cross where Jesus died is an eternal symbol of His personal care and love toward you. But the work of the Cross does not end at Calvary. It continues in every aspect of life, calling you to leave your old ways—your sin—behind and follow Him with an intimate, loving desire.

Only through intimacy can He teach you to view life with hope and compassion. This is especially needed today when there is so much discouragement. Never be discouraged. Jesus Christ is your strength and your sure hope. He overcame the jeers and insults of man so that He might prove His love to you. All that you could ever need or long for is within Him. Will you trust Him for that today?

Lord, my heart cries out for intimacy with You. All that I need or long for is in You. I want to know You in the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your suffering.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 243). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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