Thursday, May 1, 2008

Get out...into the Wilderness













"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." (Luke 5:16)

If we take God seriously, and if we take our relationship with Him seriously, then it follows that the most important priority in our lives must be to build this relationship with God. How? The first and most important ingredient in building any relationship with anyone is to spend time with them. There is no shortcut, no substitute; God has called us into "fellowship" (literally, "intimacy") and as a result, our response must be to pursue this relationship with Him at all costs.

I recently preached two messages on "A Father's Heart" (you can find them here). I challenged our church at the end of the 2nd message to "do as Jesus did" - get out into the wilderness and be with God. Why? Look at that verse up at the top - three things jump out at me right away;
1) "often" - this was a regular occurrence
2) "withdrew" - Jesus would literally "retreat" to find solitude away from distractions
3) "lonely places" - location matters..."lonely places" is translated as "wilderness" in many Bibles. Why the wilderness? The wilderness is often the place that God brings His people in order to refresh His relationship with them

Implication: if Jesus, the Son of God needed to do this regularly, how in the world do we think that we "mere mortals" would need anything less? Question: have you made your relationship with God the most important thing in your life?

Now you've read this blog and the challenge goes for you as well; make "wilderness" time with God a regular part of your life. Pursue Him! As A.W. Tozer said, "God waits to be wanted."

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