DAY 09

pursue intimacy with God

“Let me see your face, let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.”
Song of Solomon 2:14b

These words are part a magnificent song that extols the beauty of marital love. The ancient rabbis saw it as a picture of God’s covenant love for His people. Christians see it a picture of Jesus’ love for His bride, the Church.

In the verse above it’s the bridegroom speaking to his bride. He expresses his heart’s desire to know his new wife intimately. He longed for a relationship with open communication and was motivated by a deep appreciation of the beauty and uniqueness of His bride.

Jesus, likewise, calls out to each of us. Can you hear his voice? Are you aware that he desires to know you intimately? Do you realize he created you with the purpose of having a deep, meaningful relationship with you that brings satisfaction to your heart and His?

Perhaps you’re all too familiar with the voices of others, who spoke harsh, critical and condemning words to you. Words that clothed you with shame and self-loathing. It’s understandable if it is difficult for some to hear and trust the voice of unconditional love.

Yet, Jesus is with you right now, this moment. Listen to Him:
“I stand at the door and constantly knock. If you will listen and open your heart to Me, I will gladly come in and share a meal with you. My desire is that we share our lives together, now and forever.” (see Revelation 3:20)

Suggested response to Jesus’ invitation:
“Jesus, thank you for giving your life for me. At times I don’t feel beautiful or that I have much value, but I choose to trust in your love and your desire to know me. I open my heart to you. Please come into my life anew today, right now. I consecrate myself to you, for your purposes and your glory. Amen!”