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A DAILY COMMITMENT

How do we get to know God? Some people read the Bible to get to know about God and stop there, not reflecting upon those scriptures. Others have occasion to listen to testimonials from individuals to learn about how God works in lives. Many of us listen to sermons by preachers to get a grasp of what God is about and to find out what He expects of us. Some people mistakenly think that through these methods they are getting to know God. All these methods focus on an intellectual knowledge of God and may touch our hearts a bit as well. But is this all God wants of us?

The Triune God of Christianity is a God of relationships. The Father loves the Son, Jesus, who demonstrated His total dependence on the Father through His prayer life while Jesus was on earth. Jesus told His disciples, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (Jn 14:26). The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit interact and are of one mind.

God longs to have an intimate relationship with each of us. Since God is perfect, there is no one better versed in relationships than He is. God longs to be our best Friend and wants only good for us. “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). God woos everyone continually. He seeks that love relationship with those He created in His own image.

God seeks love in the form of worship, obedience, and a growing relationship derived from a prayer life with Him. Our relationship with Him serves to guide us in the decisions we face, in our witnessing attempts, and in everything we do.

In order to let Him be our guide, we must totally surrender our lives to Him, making His priorities our priorities. We cannot please Him unless we do this. We maintain the strength to do His work through a daily relationship with Him. Of ourselves we are weak, but united with Him we can do the impossible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Just as Jesus maintained a daily prayer relationship with the Father, giving Him strength to accomplish His mission, so we, too, through daily prayer will find refreshment and strength to do God’s will.

In doing His will we get to know God through our experiences. When we connect our obedience to His will with the richness present in powerful experiences in which He reveals Himself to us, we can be sure God is speaking to us.

Reflecting upon Scripture we read is an excellent way to allow God to speak to us and initiate a conversation with Him later during the day.

Prayer, experiences, and reflecting upon Scripture, then, are ways we can get to know God intimately. All we need to do is open up to Him. His arms are outstretched, ready to receive us and to reveal Himself to us.

— Bible quotations taken from NKJV Bible —

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