Where did the phrase, “C’mon in, the water’s fine” come from? I’m not sure, but today I’m going to invite you into the deep end of the pool!
My husband and I had the great pleasure to attend a Bible study at a different church. We “happened” to hear about it the only night we attended a service there!
The topic was “Overcoming Obstacles to Intimacy with God.” The study has been excellent.
You know I’m going to share what we learned! 😉 The material was too good to keep to myself.
The first thing we must understand is this:
We have the opportunity to know God.
If we don’t believe this, we will not grow closer to Him.
He wants a relationship with us more than we want it.
A relationship like Moses had with Him; like David’s.
We speak and He listens.
He speaks and we recognize His voice…we listen to Him.
Did you know that God has things to say to you that go beyond “bossing you around?”
Who would want a relationship with a control freak who only ever told them what to do, but had no interest in them as a person? Not me!
An event took place when Jesus died. One of astronomical proportions. We read in Luke 16:45,
“The veil of the temple was torn in two.”
We know from Exodus 26: 31-34 that this veil separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies). Behind that veil was the Mercy Seat – accessible by only the High Priest, and only one time per year.
This is like having a father who’s always in his office at home with the door closed. A child would learn that “we don’t disturb Daddy while he is working.”
Only Mommy was permitted to enter, and then only if it was really important.
Of course, God wasn’t the “all-important one” who was not to be disturbed. Like a human father, He wanted His kids to be in the house (tabernacle).
However, unlike a human father, He is holy; and the sinful cannot be in His presence. The veil was to spare lives – an act of mercy.
All this changed when the veil was torn.
The New Covenant, made when Jesus bore our sins on the cross, has made the old one obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10:10).
No other blood sacrifices need to be made.
The “Office Door” is wide open…an invitation to all who will enter.
We don’t need to put on our “big kid panties” to be presentable to our Father! Come as you are. He knows everything about you.
And loves you!
Abba Father wants you to know that you are welcome anytime, anyplace…and in any condition. Check this out:
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Oh, the “therefore” is there for a reason. The two verses prior to this state that Jesus, our High Priest, sympathizes with our weakness. He’s been through temptation and knows what it’s like, how hard it is to resist.
Psalm 139:3 tells us that God “comprehends my path and my lying down.” To comprehend is to grasp ahead of time. To understand. You see, God not only knows the direction we are heading, but understands why we made that choice.
Better than any psychoanalyst could, He sees our history, the lies we believe about Him and about life in general. He knows all about our family dynamics and the ways in which our parents and other authority figures failed to accurately represent His heart to us. He is acutely aware of all the life events that go into our every decision.
He knows all the intricacies of every decision we make.
He understands what motivates us
– and what makes us lie down and give up.
The junk in our lives causes Him grief, and He wants to heal those wounds. He longs to speak life-giving truths to us; to “make our crooked places straight and our rough places smooth.” Unless we move close, He can’t do these things. What doctor could operate from the other side of a wall?
(For those who are stressed about all this mushy stuff and want “balance” – yes, sometimes we hear correction or a rebuke. I’ve never been “slammed,” though!)
We will never know His great love for us if we don’t take a risk and step through the veil into His presence. All that we know about Him will be head knowledge only. It won’t touch our hearts…the place He longs to reside within us.
In John 17:3 Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they know You, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” It is obvious from this statement that God can be known, in fact, that is eternal life…knowing Him.
This “knowing” means to allow, be aware of, feel, have knowledge of, perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand. The Greek word is ginosko. The opposite of this word in English is agnostic…to be without knowledge. Hmmm. 🙂
Let’s cease living like Christian agnostics.
C’mon in – the mercy’s fine!
Read about more obstacles to intimacy here.