“Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:12). This is the earnest cry of a man who knew intimacy with God, like few others, and he wanted it back. “In answer to his plea, God did restore to David the joy of his salvation and washed him whiter than snow. The old intimacy with God was regained, but was it now ‘music’ in a minor key?” (J. Oswald Sanders, Enjoying Intimacy with God, page 47). Minor or major, it was music!
It is entirely possible that intimacy with the Lord can be restored in spite of past failures. One of the most important factors in this restoration process is understanding that the Lord wants our communion with Him more than we do. The proof of this is that Jesus said to Peter before his awful denial of Jesus; “I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32). This and other references confirm that Jesus is interceding for us so that we might always be in close intimacy with Him (John 17:24; Hebrews 7:25).
Even to a church like Laodicea that had failed so terribly, Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). This is confirmation that Jesus is keenly interested in our being close to Him and enjoying open communication and fellowship.
How is your conversations with Jesus going? When was your last meal at His table?
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