It’s fairly simple to notice other people filling the void in their lives with all the wrong things. It’s much harder, though, to see that same error in our own redeemed lives. We all, too often, get busy for our Father—serving, singing, teaching, preaching, and going to the mission field. None of these things are wrong, in fact, they’re all good. But they’re often a misguided attempt to create a false sense of intimacy with Him.
Why would any believer choose artificial closeness with YHVH/God when He wants to give His children the real thing? Two reasons: first, being known by HIM requires intense vulnerability and the humility to receive His grace. There is nothing we can do for YHVH or give to Him that will excuse our sins. Second, all successful friendships require hard work, and that holds true for our relationship with YHVH as well.
To really know the Him, you have to read the Bible – all of it. A person cannot maintain a close relationship with the Father if they ignore His Instructions/His Laws. You must, therefore, not fill your mind with worldly things and influences. In addition, a vibrant prayer life is essential to intimacy with YHVH. These things don’t just happen; they require intentional effort.
Simply put, when we satisfy our thirst with The Living Water, we’re no longer thirsty. When we live in intimate communion with our Father, the temptation to strive for wholeness in our own strength falls away. Our service, offerings, and worship, stripped of any self-serving motives, genuinely glorify the Almighty.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O Elohim, thou art my El; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
To see thy power and thy honour, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
By soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
But the king shall rejoice in Elohim; every one that swear by him shall boast: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped. To the chief Musician.