This post is going to be on one main topic but said in a three ways. I’m going to try my very best to make it flow. The topic is having a relationship with God.
Now, when you read this, please don’t think I have arrived or that I have a great relationship with the Lord or that I’m so spiritual. NO, I haven’t even come close to being devoted to the ONE and true God as I should be. I struggle just like everyone else!
I can’t stop thinking about the message my Pastor preached two weeks ago. He’s been preaching from the book of John for a while now, going verse by verse. It’s been very helpful. I remember writing about other messages He preached in this series this past year.
Anyway, he was in John, chapter 17, verses one through five, which say:
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
He made a point at the end that got my attention! He said, “The Father that has 10 trillion galaxies to bring him glory. Do you know what God wants most? It is to have fellowship with YOU.”
That statement was very thought-provoking to me as a Christian. As Christians, this should humble us to our knees.
I reminded the girls in the 5th grade Sunday school class, that I help teach, that God didn’t give us a homework assignment telling us we must finish the Bible at the end of the year. No. If He did, we would probably read it through at the last minute.
Instead, God wants us to meditate on His Word. It says in Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therefore day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.”
We must make time to fellowship and meditate in God’s Word. The verse says to observe all that is written. Then the verse gives us a promise that if we do meditate and observe His Word, we will have good success.
Don’t just read the Bible to get the promise. I don’t think that’s what God wants in a relationship. We don’t treat our relationships with people like that. So why would we treat our relationship with God like that?
A few weeks ago, I heard this song at my church called “Satisfied.” The man who sang the special sang it with such sincerity! It was so moving and it touched my heart, along with many others. I’ll let you read the words then I’ll tell you how it spoke to me.
You satisfy my soul.
And I stand amazed at the blessings I’ve known.
And still to this day the mercies you show
Makes it clear to see that you love me.
Your every breath I breathe
You color the skies with beautiful leaves
You’ve proven that You will provide for my needs
The way you fill me, Lord, how could I ask for more?
I’m satisfied, I’m satisfied, I’ve been cared for so faithfully
Lord hear my plea and may it be that you’re satisfied with me
You give me grace without end
And you have forever removed all my sin. Now
The makers of heaven and earth call me friend, and from the joy that brings, oh, how my spirit sings
I’m satisfied, I’m satisfied I’ve been cared for so faithfully
Lord, hear my plea and may it be that you’re satisfied with me. Are you satisfied with me? Please say You’re satisfied with me
When I think about my personal relationship with God, I see a roller coaster, but not in a fun way. It’s just that my relationship with God has been a very bumpy ride. There have been highs and there have been lows. He has satisfied me so much more than I have satisfied Him. I’m mainly focusing on my spiritual walk with God, but it also could apply to being handicapped. We are all handicapped without God. Without God we are NOTHING!
There’s hope, though!! First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness.”
May I ask you some questions?
First, are you saved? Do you know Him as your personal Savior? If you don’t know Him, may I encourage you in saying He desires to become your Savior and Friend. You just have to accept His free gift of Salvation. To read more about this free gift, go back to the post entitled “Everyone Needs Help.”
Christian, how’s your relationship with the God of 10 trillion galaxies?
Are you just reading the Bible like it’s an assignment?
Are you meditating and observing His Word?
Is He satisfied with with your life?
How are you doing in this area of your life? Do you need to change some things around to have the right relationship with God? It’s not too late to start now