Lately, I’ve been seeing the importance of hanging out with God and not ignoring His daily presence in my life. There’s a song by Housefires called “Build My Life” and the lyrics speak of the importance of building our lives on Him and His love.
“I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken”
As I was listening to that song the other day the Holy Spirit reminded me of some things. Jesus talks about counting the cost before building a structure and its importance in Luke 14. He speaks about it metaphorically and relates that truth to being His disciple. When that lightbulb clicked in a fresh way I said, “Jesus, I’ve counted the cost and have determined You’re the most secure and worthy foundation to be built upon—You’re simply the best. I’m so thankful to be building my life on You, and You alone are worthy of such a task. I’m so glad You’re up for it!”
To some that may sound arrogant or presumptuous, but I would disagree. Your friends want to know you’re glad to be their friend. They want to know you wouldn’t change that. My wife wants to know that I don’t regret the choice I made to be her husband, and me reminding her of that blesses her and brings her joy. It’s no different with Jesus. Does He need our affirmation as though there’s some “god-sized” lack in His heart? Absolutely not. As an aside, and to be frank, we shouldn’t be seeking affirmation to fill a lack either. However, that doesn’t change the power affirmation can have in our relational life.
As I lingered in that moment, Holy Spirit reminded me that He alone knows the deep things of God.
…just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.” God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So too, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things that are freely given to us by God.
—First Corinthians 2:9-12
He showed me that the reason so many people who claim to know God don’t actually know Him is because they simply neglect to spend time with Him. I’m sure this is the very reason why Paul reminded Christians to have fellowship with Holy Spirit at the end of his second letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 13:14).
Three days after Jesus’ crucifixion, a couple of His disciples despite being depressed and confused were headed home from Jerusalem to Emmaus (a 7-mile trek). At some point on their journey, Jesus showed up in disguise. He, incognito, taught them everything concerning His life, death, and resurrection. At the end of their journey when they arrived at their village, Jesus continued on down the road pretending like He was going to keep walking. Yet, as no surprise to Jesus, his companions insisted upon His company for the night as it was late.
As they were sitting down to dinner, Jesus—still donning His mystical disguise—picked up the bread, broke it, blessed it, and handed it to His friends. At that very moment, their eyes were opened to their travel companion’s true identity and then Jesus immediately vanished.
Our freedom rests in spending time with Him. The personal revelation we’re hungry for abides in communing with God. The truth we cannot afford to live without is found in spending time with Him.
If those two disciples had not insisted their “unknown” friend dine with them, they never would’ve encountered Jesus how they did; they would not have experienced the risen King when they needed to the most.
Don’t cut yourself short, and don’t sabotage your breakthrough. Spend time with Him; sit in His presence. Let Him teach you everything concerning His life, death, and resurrection. The answers to your questions are in Him. The solutions to our problems abide in His heart. The revelation you need in this chapter of your life is found in nurturing your friendship with God.