“Intimacy with the Trinity builds a community of trust, just as intimacy with your family and friends builds a community of trust.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 9, 2022
Those who know your name trust in you. Psalm 9:10
My wife Rita reminds me that our relational goal is intimacy by learning to be “Us”. For example, one way my wife feels close and connected is when I show respect to her by asking for her input before we make a financial or calendar decision. Why? Because, she likes time to process; she is often cautious and wants to make sure we have the money budgeted and the time available to keep a healthy pace of life. Even if we have the time and money, is the potential opportunity the wise thing to do? Investing time to really know each other builds a deeper trust.
Intimacy is knowing and being known. Knowing God and being known by God. Knowing a special someone and being known by her. It’s being able to let my real self out and allow another authentic self in. I am learning the more I get to know the Lord the more I trust the Lord. The more I get to know someone who loves me, the more I am able to trust him. Knowledge is necessary for faith in God and others. Charles Spurgeon, the gifted and bold English Baptist preacher of the late 19th century explains this faith/knowledge process:
“Faith is an intelligent grace; though there can be knowledge without faith, yet there can be no faith without knowledge. One calls it quick-sighted faith. Knowledge must carry the torch before faith. Before faith be wrought, God shines in with a light upon the understanding. A blind faith is as bad as a dead faith”.
As Spurgeon explains, a blind faith is equivalent to a dead faith, so ignorance is not an option. Faith is fed and made alive by knowledge and understanding, which lead to trust and intimacy. If I turn a blind eye and ignore relational conflict, I am squashing intimacy and compounding consequences. Love keeps pursuing to know, to be known and to grow meaningful relationships.
“For you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:10).
Just as you pursue another for knowledge, understanding and intimacy, so you can seek the Lord to position yourself to know Him better. Your good, good heavenly Father does not deny you access when you knock on the door of heaven in prayer. Jesus invites you in for an intimate conversation or to just be together in silence and solitude. God the Father will show you how kindly and tenderly He loves you. God the Son will show you how patiently and generously He forgives you. God the Spirit will show how timely and accurately His wisdom will guide you. Intimacy with the Trinity builds a community of trust, just as intimacy with your family and friends builds a community of trust. Keep seeking authentic intimacy and your trust will grow.
“I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 1:6).
Heavenly Father, draw me closer to your heart, so my heart totally trusts in you, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
What conversation do I need to have so conflict can contribute toward an intimate relationship?
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