By Darrel Auvenshine
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel which means God with us.” – Matthew 1:23
God reveals Himself and our response is worship. The more we see God the deeper our intimacy with Him grows.
Consider human relationships. One of the most meaningful gifts I have from my Dad who passed away in 2005 is a book of questions he took time to answer about himself. Memories from childhood; fears; achievements: favorite foods, sports, hobbies. Etc. The book provided an avenue for Dad to share more completely, who he was with his children.
Or consider the relationship between husband and wife. There is an exposing of oneself to his or her spouse that is unlike any other relationship. Intimacy requires revelation. Of course this applies in the sexual relationship, but goes far beyond that into other areas of marriage. Kim (my wife) knows things about me that no one else knows. The longer we are married the more intimate we become.
God gave a beautiful example of this reality by sending His only son, Jesus, to be born a man. They called His name Immanuel—God with us. How intimate that God chose to reveal Himself in the form of a man. Not just a man, but a baby. He was so small and tender.
When you think of your relationship with God, would you say it is intimate?
Has your intimacy grown as God has revealed Himself to you?