FORFEITED INTIMACY WITH GOD
There are times when we allow sin (pride) to seize control of our heart’s desires and we forget the consequences that follow. Adam had the sweetest possible intimacy with God that a human could enjoy. Yet, in one deceptive moment, he forfeited this intimate relationship and was ‘driven’ out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23-24).
Though this marred the whole human race, it never stopped God from His original plan – intimacy with His special creature. We are given a porthole into the heart of God in 1 Samuel 13:14; “The Lord has sought out a man after His own heart.” David was that man! J. Oswald Sanders says of David; “Few Bible saints experienced and expressed so deep an intimacy with God as David. His psalms are studded with expressions of worship and devotion that betoken an exceptionally close walk with God. That walk was maintained even in the midst of constant peril and adversity.” (Enjoying Intimacy with God, page 43).
As time passed, David became lazy about his relationship with God and he allowed lust followed by cover-up and murder to forfeit the intimacy he had experienced. David was afraid that his sin would take away God’s presence entirely. “Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51:11). Knowing God as David did, he prays, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” (Psalm 51:12).
I have no idea who is in my audience, but I can guarantee that someone is struggling as they read this with forfeited intimacy with God because of secret sin. God is reminding you now that true repentance and confession before God brings forgiveness and restoration (Jeremiah 31:34; Luke 7:48; 1 John 1:9). Ask Him to restore intimacy between you and Him. There you will find JOY!
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