“The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning” (Psalm 25:14, AMP).
We were designed for sweet, satisfying companionship with the Lord. However, distractions can pull us away from the Lord, and separation from Him leaves us empty (Hebrews 12:2, AMP). Many times we try to fill the void on our own. For example, we may spend an excessive amount of time on the internet, on social networks, playing video games, and texting. We may also attempt to find other avenues for fulfillment, many that lead to addictive behaviors and destructive habits. However, the gnawing emptiness returns. Deep inside we know what is missing; it’s our fellowship with God.
In order for God to fill that void within us, we have to turn our attention to Him, away from distractions that have become idols. An idol is anything that we give priority in our lives; it’s a substitute for God. It is something that consumes all our time, energy, and resources. We can make an idol out of a relationship, a job, a hobby, money, activities, or anything else that controls us. When we allow idols to take over our lives, we reach a point of hopelessness and despair.
Within God’s Word we find the solution to these dead ends in life. “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-23, AMP).
His Word is life to our weary souls in so many ways. The ultimate thirst within us is quenched whenever we turn our attention to His Word, the very essence of who He is. When we begin to meditate on His Word, we begin to hear His spirit speaking to us within our born-again spirits. As the words of the psalmist so eloquently says, “This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that your word has revived me and given me life” (Psalm 119:50, AMP).
The Amplified Bible tells us that fellowship with God is a distinguishing mark of Christians (1 John 1:3). It involves personal, intimate exchange. When we fellowship with God on a regular basis, we feel confident enough to talk to Him, even when we miss the mark. Fellowship or as the Scripture says, “the sweet companionship” of the Lord is vital to our success as Christians. The more we meditate upon the Word, the more revelation He gives us, which causes us to succeed in our endeavors (Joshua 1:8). This sets us apart from the rest of the world, and helps us grow in our relationship with God.
We can practice fellowshipping with God on a daily basis. For instance, we can sing Him a song while putting away the dishes, tell Him how much we love Him while driving, and talk to Him continually throughout our day. We do these things, knowing that He loves us and hear us, and is deeply concerned about us. When we acknowledge and are made aware of His unfailing love, and His presence in our lives, it is easier to trust Him. Our fellowship with God includes trusting and acknowledging Him in all that we do so that we will make the right decisions (Proverbs 3:5-7). He leads us onto the right path for our lives because He loves us.
Therefore, when we fellowship with God, we should expect a response. Hearing from the Lord in is one of the sweetest experiences we will ever have. This type of fellowship and awareness of the Lord is how we begin to become complete in Him. When we turn our full attention to Him and keep our eyes on Him as our source, the God-sized void within our souls is filled. True fulfillment in life will not come from any other source. We may find something to fulfill our flesh temporary, but once the feeling subsides, we are left with religious burn out. And then we get into to self effort and works and fear, and never achieve the will of God, which starts a vicious cycle of busyness, with no fruit.