Psalm 91:1-2, The person who rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One. I will say about the Lord, “He is my place of safety, he is like a fort to me, he is my God. I trust in Him.”
Have you ever been introduced to someone important? You extend your hand and graciously say, “Pleased to meet you.” That introduction doesn’t mean you ‘know’ that person, it simply means you met them. There seem to be a lot of people in the world that have been introduced to God, but are making false claims to ‘knowing’ Him. To really know someone, you must meet again multiple times. There must be more than an exchange of pleasantries, there must be words exchanged and trust built.
So many couples ‘fall in love’ after one date when they truly have know idea who that person really is. They don’t take the time to exchange more than surface stuff, where it’s in the deep things that develop trust and intimacy. You can’t go ‘deep’ on the first date! If you do, you’ll scare the other person away. Same with building a home, you can’t put a roof on a foundation! Walls must be built to hold the roof on and they must be straight. Lies only make for crooked walls which must be torn down and built again. So much to say and so little time. I feel a book coming on!
The point here is, to know God intimately, you must spend time with him, cultivating relationship and trust. God doesn’t respond to manipulation. You can’t use, ‘God, if you do this for me, I’ll serve you!’ This isn’t his first rodeo and I think He’s pretty familiar with the outcome. It’s about knowing you’re on a journey with someone you love, someone who is leading you down an unfamiliar path but you know will keep you safe. It doesn’t mean you won’t face obstacles along the way, but your hand is in the hand who created all things, you have to trust Him.
Joseph was on a journey with God. He received a promise and trusted God to keep it. He went 12 years being tested and proved worthy of the task God had given him before it actually came to pass. Some of us are whiners, constantly asking God, ‘How long?’ every 5 minutes, like children in the car on a trip. Trust. If you’ve spent time on your walls, you’ll be ready when God puts the roof on. Don’t settle for 4 foot walls, unless you’re 3 foot tall. Keep building the walls, focusing on who God is and what He’s done. Praising and worshipping in the middle of your strong winds and rough seas. When you’ve been proven, your promise will manifest. Hold on!
Father, I want to know you more. More then I do at this moment. There is so much I’ve yet to discover about you, your grace and mercy. Your love alone, I’ve only caught small glimpses of, but what I’ve seen and known leaves me weak and breathless. I love with such small, immature love, but you have opened yourself to me in such amazing ways. The only way I can show you my love is by loving others as if it were you. Help me to do that. I seem to fall short so many times. It’s in your Name I ask this. Amen