“When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to you, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
God creates relational needs in our life custom-designed for Him to fill. Unfortunately, we tend to look in all the wrong places to have that emptiness filled. Perhaps we look to a friend, our children, or our spouse. We long for intimacy. We desire to be loved, understood, appreciated, and to connect perfectly with another. We want a soul-mate. When we believe an individual “should” meet our desire for intimacy and they do not, we may respond with disappointment, anger, discontentment, withdrawal or perhaps we press harder to get our desires met through them. God does not allow others to meet all of our needs. Yes, they may fulfill some, but if they are able to meet all of our needs, we would stop searching for that Soul-mate. In reality, Jesus alone is our Soul-mate. If we listen closely, we can almost hear Him say, “That intimacy that you crave with another, is what I want with you.” Jesus desires intimate fellowship with us. Our relationship with Jesus is two-way. Jesus knows that as we seek His face, we will long to be with Him. Intimacy grows out of time spent together.
It may seem a bit foreign to consider what intimacy with Jesus looks like in a practical sense. Often we do not experience Him in the practical things of life simply because we do not expect Him to do such things. “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him” (Psalm 62:5). He will be as real and intimate to us as we allow Him to be. “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21).
We look to Jesus for a personal, intimate relationship. He is our only Soul-mate. He loves, understands, and appreciates each of us. When we hear Him say, “Seek My face,” we shall seek His face with all our heart.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.