The Word of God is the ultimate guide to true intimacy with the nature of God. The Word of God brings God’s voice to life and “those who hear will live” (John 5:25). It not only gives you a clear picture of God’s personality but also reveals who He has made YOU to be. God is The Voice in The Word.
In one of His most heartfelt prayers for us, Jesus said to the Father in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
Jesus’ heart cry was for us to know our Father so that we live in deep communion with God’s enduring love for us. That is the key to knowing who God is because above everything else, God is Love.
This is Jesus’ longest recorded prayer to God and it is an intercession for us. It paints one of the most poignant portraits of Jesus and the Father. It reveals true intimacy and gives us the perfect glimpse of the kind of relationship God wants to have with His children.
In this one chapter, Jesus’ complete character is captured. As a man filled with anguish, staring at the face of death, Jesus prays and talks to His Father about eternal love and life. Here, Jesus’ divinity and unconditional love comes alive. His thoughts are consumed, not with the crucifixion awaiting Him – as any man would, but with the people He is leaving behind.
Jesus’ heart is broken and filled with compassion for His disciples, and all believers. He prays for the safety of His disciples so that God “keeps them from the evil one” (John 17:15). Then He prays for those who are yet to believe – with a conviction that they will return to their Father – through the coming works and words of His disciples.
Jesus discloses the desires of His grieving heart to the Father – speaking very plainly and openly.
This account of Jesus in God’s Word shows us a perfect picture of how we ourselves can sit in ONENESS before God to bare our hearts and desires to Him.
And it is THROUGH the Word of God that we are shown Jesus’ heart and nature. It is IN the Word that His voice speaks very plainly and reveals the stark nature of who He is. God’s faithfulness is revealed in His Word. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow because as it says in Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
God’s Word is a wellspring for our best life because it reveals and leads us into the very heart of our Father…Have you heard His Voice today?