This classic song states so beautifully the desire in our hearts to grow closer to Jesus. //
Lately, I've been realizing in a whole new way that intimacy with God is really all that matters. Life isn't about accomplishments or proving ourselves, and it's not even all about just relationships with other people. We were created, first and foremost, to know and be known by God, and enjoy friendship with Him forever. God is actually GOOD, and the more you spend time in His presence, the more convinced you will be of that.
If you've been hurt by people that said they represented Him, make sure you get to know the real God. Ask Him to reveal His true nature and heart to you. He says in the Bible "seek Me and you will find me, when you seek Me with all your heart."
And, if you're going through something hard in life right now, remember that it really is true that "by our woes" we can be near to Him in a special way - realizing His comfort, experiencing His faithfulness, fellowshipping with Christ in suffering, and understanding the secret and deep things in the heart of God.