Updated: Sep 3, 2020
I can only imagine what it would have been like in the beginning. To walk with God daily like Adam and Eve did. To chat in the cool of the day about life and living (Genesis 3: 8). What a space of peace and splendor that must have been! To talk about everything and nothing with the God of all creation. So many questions I would have. What would you ask?
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” ~ Jeremiah 33: 3
Imagine being like the Isrealites in the wilderness, being led by God daily; during the day with a cloud and at night by fire (Exodus 13: 21 - 22). Never feeling lost or confused about what to do because God was taking our hand and showing us where to go at every moment. Where would you go? What would you do next?
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” ~ Psalm 119: 105
The miraculous truth is that we have been granted greater closeness to our God than the people of the old testament. As marvelous and majestic as their experiences of God were, ours can be even greater. Today, we can ask. Today, God will be our guide.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~ Matthew 7: 7 - 8
In the past God was out there, and someone chosen like Moses had to go before God on our behalf (Exodus 24: 12 - 18); but today Christ lives in us. We don’t have to climb mountains or follow rituals, we can just call out to God in our hearts and He hears every inner cry and heartache. The spirit of God lives in us.
“But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” ~ Romans 8: 9
God desires a relationship with us. Religion and it’s practices have deceived us to believe that God has to be far away, somewhere above the skies, too far for us to really relate. The truth is we have a promise, that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4: 8). We are friends of God, because He himself has named us friends.
How do you treat your good friend? It can be the kind of relationship where one person says we are friends and the other person says ‘oh I just know him or her but we are not friends’. Or it can be the joy of our hearts, the friend we rush to tell what just happened, the first call we make as soon as we are free, the friend we make all our plans with, and we can’t imagine a life without them. A friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18: 24). A mind level friendship. A heart level friendship. A Spirit level friendship. A friend who knows us fully and has revealed themselves to us fully.
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” ~ John 15: 15
Why then do we sometimes feel so lonely? Perhaps because we create our own loneliness by choice. But no one would choose to be lonely, right? A better way of asking this is: How often do we consciously choose not to be lonely? We can be surrounded by people all the time and yet be lonely because we choose to not engage them. We tune them out, perhaps out of habit or just unconsciously. We have to seek God. Become tuned in. Be conscious of relating with the Almighty.
“And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” ~ Jeremiah 29: 13
God is interested in our hearts. He is the answer to the longing of our hearts. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” To walk with God, we need to see God. How do we make our hearts pure? Psalm 119: 9 gives us the answer, “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” The bible is God revealing Himself to us, the more we know about Him, the more we connect and grow in our relationship with Him. He has called us friends. He has also called us His children. What a precious and beautiful relationship!
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” ~ Romans 8: 14 - 17
We look at our own children with love and adoration. Every once in a while we have to discipline them for their own good because we love them with a heartfelt intensity that won’t allow us to just watch them go astray. We look at our friends as our equals, as places of comfort and understanding. Could this be how God designed us so that we would be able to comprehend the nature of the relationship He desires to have with us? We are God’s children.
And he (Jesus) said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 18: 3
What is the nature of children? They easily believe. They always see the good. They are quick to forgive. They overflow with joy and happiness. They are free of worry. They radiate love for all people. As parents we do everything in our power to try preserve this beauty in our children. We don’t want the bright light in their eyes to ever fade. Could this be how God feels about us? He guards us jealously from evil desiring that our hearts would remain stayed on Him alone (Exodus 20: 5).
Walk with God daily.
Read the word, meditate upon it. Where the word of God goes it never returns void (Isaiah 55: 11). God will speak to us in our hearts, and through our thoughts, dreams, and desires. When we seek God and want to hear from Him, may we be like the young boy, Samuel, who simply said, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3: 10).
The times we spend alone seeking God are moments like no other. Serenity. True friendship.
What will you begin to do today to draw closer to God?
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