Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.
God seriously wants us to depend on Him, rely on Him, experience love with Him, put our self-worth in who He says we are. We are all born with a need to be loved. It is out of this primary need that we operate- some of us for the first few years of our life and others of us until the day we die. It’s only until we truly “know that we know that we know” that we are loved by the God of the universe, through and through, forever and ever and into eternity, no matter what we do, what we have done, what we will ever do, that we have the ability to operate out of selfless love. The need to be loved is primary and until it is met, we have nothing to give.
Think of us as china cups. We are empty at birth. Only God can fill us. And only when we are filled do we have anything that can spill over to someone else. Otherwise we are simply “loving” others as a hidden invitation to fill us. Often two people end up “in love’ because they both think the other is filling their cup but after time, after commitment, they start resenting each other because they realize that their cup isn’t being filled “as it should be”. But it shouldn’t! Not by anyone other than God! We cannot expect another human being to fill us when that cup has a God shape and cannot be filled by anything or anyone else. He’s jealous, remember? Only He can fill us and give us the overage to love others selflessly. Don’t blame someone else for not filling you. They aren’t in the wrong. It’s an impossible task. God will do it. Just ask Him, rely on Him, seek Him first.
It is in quietness and confidence that we come before the throne. It’s in our quiet, alone time with the Father that we can find ourselves being filled. If we are going to church- great. Teaching and fellowship are good and necessary. But they are meant to be supplemental to the primary relationship which is the intimate one- the Father and you, alone. If we are not spending purposeful, specific, protected time with Him, alone with Him, in the Word with Him, then we have missed the point. The one-on-one relationship with our Father is the one He treasures most and if we are right with Him, it’s the one we treasure most. All other Christian things are tools to improve that relationship. They are not meant to be replacements for the personal, intimate time with Him.
Would you rather spend time with your best friend or would you rather just listen to others talking about your best friend? Know the author, not just the book He wrote. Protect your time with HIm. He longs for you to talk to Him, to be quiet with Him, to care most about His private time with you. It’s real and it’s true. Just sit in His presence and allow Him to speak. He’s waiting. Always.
Be quiet. Be confident. Be strong. Be free. Be with your best friend today- make a time and protect it. He adores you. He misses you. He longs for intimacy with you.
Takeaway: The most important thing we can do every single day of our lives is to spend time alone with the Lord. We can be quiet with HIm and we can be confident in Him. Choose your spot, make it comfortable, put on some praise music and sit and be with your FAther, your best friend and the Lover of your soul.
Prayer: Father, I want to know you more. I want to look forward with great anticipation for our time together. Please give me a passion and desire for the alone time You desire for us to have. I will find my strength in being quiet and confident in Your presence.