Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
God Wants to Be Experienced
There should be no question for believers that God wants to be experienced. He is not satisfied with us only knowing about Him through Bible memorization, devout obedience, and sacrifice. God wants intimacy with us. He wants us to take Him and become one with Him. This is the mystery of the Old Testament – God wants to be in you (Colossians 1:27).
The mystery of marriage is man to leave his father and mother and become united with his wife and the two become one flesh. This is followed by Paul saying that this represents Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31-32). We are the body of Christ. We are to be intimately connected to God.
Rules Hinder Our Connection with God
I feel the conviction to write this because too many of us, me included, want to put rules around our Christianity. Rules are easy to follow. They help set expectations. There is something comforting about rules. However God is not a vending machine where you put your quarter in to get a gum ball. He moves in unexpected ways.
And we are to be like God. Our ways should be anything but predictable. We are following a God who wants to be known and seems to wear His heart on His sleeve. He is capable of the happiest of joys and the saddest of heartaches, and He invites us to feel these with Him. To fully know the heart of God we have to feel what He feels. We need to allow our hearts to beat to the rhythm of His heart.
One of the best resources that I have found about this is Henry Blackaby's Experiencing God. Use these links to get the personal workbook, leaders kits, or the daily devotional.
Taste and See That the Lord is Good
God never wanted to be distant from us. In the beginning, He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. When they sinned, He made a way for them to continue to connect with Him. Jesus came to bring us back to God (1 Peter 3:18).
Psalm 139 asks us where can we go from God’s Spirit… where can we flee from God’s presence? God is not distant because we couldn’t avoid God even if we tried. He is here with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). God is here. He loves us. He wants us to experience Him.
Let’s taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. – Philippians 3:10