Intimate Relationship with GodAn intimate relationship with God is  characterized by a close, warm, personal relationship.  In fact, the word ‘intimate’ also conjures up images of the relationship that should occur between a man and his wife.  To relate intimately is the closest two persons could possibly relate.  There is no closer relationship than an intimate relationship with God where there is complete and honest sharing, total trust, and absolute confidence knowing that God will never hurt you or betray your secrets.  This is the kind of  relationship God wants to have with you!

Jacob developed an intimate relationship with God.  His story is found in

Genesis 28: 10-22.  Jacob had done bad things in his life and now he was on the run.  He camped in a certain place, fell asleep and dreamed of a ladder stretching between earth and heaven.  The angels of God were ascending and descending  on this ladder.  God stood at the top of the ladder and spoke to Jacob promising him to always be with him and bring him back to the land he was sleeping on.  Jacob had an intimate relationship with God from that day forward.  This story  serves as a powerful illustration on how someone could have an intmate relationship with God.  The following are four steps to an intimate relationship with God.

Step #1: Connection

An intimate relationship with God cannot occur unless both parties connect.  The ladder Jacob saw stretching between earth and heaven symbolizes God’s connection with man.  God had a conection with Adam in the Garden of Eden.  Adam had an intimate relationship with God.  God walked and talked with God.  God reached out to Jacob from heaven and God is reaching out to you the same way today.  Jacob was on the run because bad things he did and he needed an intimate relationship with God, his only friend.   God will do the same for you because he loves you.  He wants to connect with you. Do you want to have an intimate relationship with God today? You can if you want to by committing your life to Him today.

Step #2: Accessibility

An intimate relationship with God cannot occur unless both parties are accessible to each other.  The ladder itself represents the way each person can get to God.  This ladder which stretches between earth and heaven represents Jesus Christ – the Son of God.  Jesus came to this earth and lived among men for thirty three and one half years.  He had the body of a man and he was definitely human, but also God.  He was the God-Man.  The way to have an intimate relationship with God is through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He represents the connection between God’s divinity and man’s humanity and He, Jesus is the only way man can access God(John 14:6).  Jesus provided the way for you to have an intimate relationship with God.

Step #3 Perseverance 

If you truly want to have an intimate relationship with God, you must persevere and not give up.  God pursued Jacob although Jacob had done so many bad things in his life.  Jacob was not worthy of God’s love but God gave it willingly and freely.  No one truly deserves God’s love or to have an intimate relationship with God.  However, God loves you inspite of everything that you have done contrary to His will.  God is offering His love to you today and He is inviting you to have an intimate relationship with God.  He does not matter what you have done in your life up to this point, God still says, come.  But you must persevere and not give when the going gets tough. Jesus cares about you today. He presents himself to you because He wants you to have an intimate relationship with God today.

Step # 4 Commitment

An intimate relationship with God must be sustainable and the only way to do this is through commitment.  You have to stick with it no matter what.  An intimate relationship with God will not happen unless truly commit yourself to it. If you have been married a long time, you know that an intimate relationship with your spouse is absolutely necessary.  An intimate relationship with God is like the relationship between a man and his wife.  A man is expected to be committed to his wife.  Likewise, it takes commitment to have an intimate relationship with God.  Jacob committed himself to to having an intimate relationship with God after he awoke from his dream.  Jacob was tired of his way of life and truly desire an intimate relationship with God. He was tired of running. The lord Jesus wants the same response from you today.  He wants you to commit your life to Him and enter into an intimate relationship with God.  What is your response to him today?   Do you want to have an intimate relationship with God today? He has extended Himself to you but He won’t wait forever.  You can pray the prayer of salvation and enter into a intimate relationship with God today!