Just between God and I…
March 19th, 2019
The sign read, “No public access”. Seeing it the young lady sought a different entrance to the building.
There are places and things private by nature. The content of an item, a relationship with a spouse, and the bonds of alliance; all could be examples of this. There are situations where it isn’t necessary, nor productive, to make public, that which is private by nature. The closer a relationship is the more the need for keeping certain things confidential within the relationship.
Our intimacy with God has some of that and I never really realized it until yesterday. I don’t want to know, nor should I know, the intimate communication of the Holy Spirit with my brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Jesus showed this…
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
Luke 5:16 (ESV)
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone
Matthew 14:23 (ESV)
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
Luke 6:12 (ESV)
And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
Mark 6:46 (ESV Strong’s)
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.
Mark 1:35 (ESV)
With social media being in the forefront of our communications anymore, there is a trend that if we are to be ‘open’ and honest with people we must share the intimate details of our relationships with the world. This isn’t a reasonable expectation nor sensible practice. Some things are private and should remain that way.
At no point did Jesus come down from the mountain or return from a private place where he was alone (but not alone) and spew all communicated to him by the Father. It didn’t happen.
Even when the disciples followed Jesus to the mount of olives to pray in Luke 22:39-46, the scripture records, “he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed” (ESV).
Jesus was having private moments with the Father. We as his disciples should have those moments as well. It isn’t incumbent nor even reasonable to share all that transpires between us and God during our times of solace with him.
The irony of the matter is that we may feel compelled to disclose our intimate conversations with the Lord with everyone around us while not feeling any compulsion to abide by Jesus’ commandments regarding sharing the Gospel.
Jesus makes clear to us, our intimate time with God is to be guarded.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 (ESV)
He doesn’t say, “Therefore go and post on Facebook and Twitter all that has been shared with you in private.”
We should use a level of discretion, directed by the Lord. His Word makes it clear the things we should share with others but this time alone with God is private and should be kept that way unless the Spirit has instructed us to do otherwise.
Why is it we will practice what is spiritual name dropping, and at the same time, refuse to convey the Good News to any who will listen?
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV)
It is critical that we share that which Jesus commands us to share, but if we have a personal relationship with him, then it also stands to reason that we keep that which is personal between us and the Lord personal, maintaining our ‘Spiritual Intimacy’.
In Christ Jesus,