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There is no substitute for time alone with God. His presence is the divine encounter that we all need in order to maintain the proper balance our lives require. Time alone with God lends itself to knowing Him in an intimate way that we can’t get any other way. This intimate “knowing” is parallel to that which is shared between a husband and wife in a holy, sexual relationship. This is a completely different depth of fellowship than that found in casual sex relationships.

The Hebrew word for this kind of intimacy is YADA. It is found in Genesis when speaking of Adam and Eve’s consummation. It is also mentioned in Nahum 1:7- “The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge  and  trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7 AMP)

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Yada, yada, yada”, which generally means “so on and so forth”. It’s a casual saying that’s thrown around without much thought. Well, our English use of this word couldn’t be farther from its Hebrew meaning found in the Bible. Yada is more than an act of intimacy– it is the highest form of fellowship, and we need it in order to survive and live the more abundant life that Jesus provided.

We see in the gospels that Jesus withdrew often, by Himself, in order to spend much needed time alone with Father God. In Mark 1:35 it says, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”

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