How well do you think you know your God?
Let’s pretend that you are responsible for filling out God’s profile for His new Facebook page. Think through how you would fill out each of these blanks….
NAME: HOMETOWN: BIRTHDAY: RELIGIOUS VIEWS: POLITICAL VIEWS: LIKES: DISLIKES: INTERESTS:
If you are anything like me, then you realize that you have a long way to go when it comes to knowing our infinite God.
The relationship that matters most to me is my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Even more than my relationship with my amazing husband, Mark, my love for God comes first. Once you know this about me, it explains one of my life’s chief goals–to know God. He is the One I want to know the most, and so I will pursue Him until the day He takes me home. I will make every effort to understand Him and all the amazing facets of His character.
In any relationship, it’s far easier to grow apart than it is to grow closer. As a television co-host, I spent seven years interviewing relationship experts, researching and reading countless books on relationships, and worked alongside a man who was Canada’s Relationship Coach. It became critically clear how purposeful we must be within our relationships. It’s far easier to enjoy honeymoon phases, when you can’t wait to put effort towards each other, than it is to endure the dry and distant times.
Don’t buy into the lie that relationships just come naturally or without effort.
As a woman in her early 50s, I am extremely intentional about the relationships that matter in my life. I can honestly say that I pursue, I evaluate, I set goals for, I make changes to, and I am deeply blessed by each rich, real relationship. These relationships are not perfect and do not always go smoothly. (Remember I have real relationships.) But, I keep re-engaging in each of these important relationships…trying to get to know the one I love better and constantly understanding myself more.
We build a relationship with God in the same way we build a relationship with anybody else.
We spend time talking and listening to each other, asking questions until we understand one another. We hang out together, plan to do things together, and watch each other in all different sorts of life situations. Coincidentally, the Bible teaches the same things about how we can grow in our understanding of and connection with our Father.
- Talking to God (Matt. 6:9-13)
- Listening to God (Jn. 10:27)
- Hanging Out Together in His Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- Spending Time with His Family (Heb. 10:25)
Hold on tightly to the truth that love takes effort.
Therefore, make every effort to know your God.
I know that sin gets in the way and makes us feel a million miles away from God. That’s what sin does–it separates. And I know that we can slowly drift away with one compromise after another. And I know that there are times when we have no feelings for God, like we’re just going through the motions.
I have experienced each and every one of those situations. However, I am here to stand and shout as loud as I can that you don’t have to give into those times! In the same way that my husband and I have fought our way back to each other when we’ve been distant or there is hurt between us; we always need to keep fighting our way back to God. He begs us to “draw near and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). I can honestly say that each time my husband and I have fought for our relationship; we have gone to deeper and richer places. It all becomes part of our shared history.
Don’t you want that to be said of you and your Father God?
So what needs to change in your life today to draw closer to your God? To experience more shared history? Perhaps these steps might encourage you:
1. Confess your sin. Commit to not allowing anything to come between you and your Lord.
2. Re-engage with God in dialogue. Talk all day long about the big stuff and the little stuff. Take time to listen and allow Him to speak to your spirit.
3. Ask God for the hunger to know Him, & then be purposeful about reading & digging into the Word of God. Make it a priority to hang out with Him & no matter where you read, keep asking yourself “What can I learn about God & His heart in this passage?”
4. Build relationships with Christ-followers.You get to know someone better when you spend time with their family. You need this encouragement & accountability.
5. Choose to live by faith and not by emotions; emotions can never be trusted and God can never forsake you. Ask God for a deep desire to want Him above all others.
How are you getting to know your God better these days?