Intimacy With God – Greg Albrecht
Here’s some breaking news! God is head-over-heels in love with you. He loves you beyond your wildest imaginations. You might respond, “How can he love me that much? He knows all there is to know about me. And of course, anyone who knows that much about me could never really love me.”
Corrie Ten Boom, a Dutch Christian writer who, with her family, helped many Jews escape the Holocaust, once offered a word picture to explain how God loves us—specifically she was talking about how he forgives all our sins—past, present and future. Corrie Ten Boom said that God takes all of our shortcomings, tragedies, flaws and scandals and throws them into the ocean. He throws all of our sins into the ocean of his grace. His ocean of love covers all of the things that we believe make us unlovable. In effect, the ocean of God’s love and grace completely covers—baptizes—all of our sins. And then, Corrie Ten Boom said that God took one more step after obliterating all our sins, covering them with his grace. He posted a sign in his ocean of grace that says “No fishing.”
That sign is for anyone who is tempted to dig up the old skeletons of his/her past and re-live them, agonizing over them and wondering whether God ever did really forgive them. That “No fishing” sign is also for anyone who would presume to hold our past against us, for as Paul says in Romans 8:31: If God is for us, who can be against us?
Let’s consider God’s love, which is deeper than the deepest ocean and higher than the highest mountain—God’s love is more powerful than the greatest human army or weapon known to man. Let’s turn our attention to Intimacy with God.