This was the message recently at our church, that God speaks to us not to impart some special wisdom or knowledge, not to just tell us what we need to do….but to deepen his relationship with us. God speaks to us in so many ways, but he will find the most effective way to communicate with you at the time he wants to.
For me, the main ways he has communicated with me in the past is through Scripture and during my private prayer time. However, at this church service, he really spoke to me through the message and through the worship time….in fact, this has been two weeks in a row, that the message has spoken to me in such a profound way, that it could only be God driven. I won’t got into details, other than to say that I’m excited about what God revealed to me.
I will talk to something else though, how God has deepened my relationship with him today through his message. What he showed me today was that he really does care about me and what I do. He is a very personal God, not one that is distant or scary, but one that I can have an honest chat with, one that I can find comfort in, one that I can rely on. God wants to be a part of our daily lives. He wants to come to work with us, to spend our day together. He is not satisfied with us just spending time with him on Sunday for an hour.
Imagine the time spent with your parents, or your spouse, your children or a best friend. It would be almost impossible to have a meaningful relationship if you only interacted with them for one hour per week. My wife and I interact throughout the day. She’s the first person I see and speak to in the morning and usually the last at night. We often communicate in person or electronically (if we’re not physically together) often. And she’s always on my mind, when we are apart.
What if we had that kind of relationship with God. What if he was the first person we spoke to in the morning, “God, thank you for this new day!” What if he was the last person we spoke to at night, “God, bless us with a restful night.” What if he was always on our minds throughout the day? Just as with your spouse, when you spend more time and communicate more, the relationship deepens.
And the beautiful thing is, by including God more in your day, it doesn’t come at the exclusion of others. In fact, I feel that the more I speak with God, the deeper my relationship with my wife and children becomes. The more I spend time with God throughout the workday, the more productive worker I become. It’s not a zero-balance scenario where you add more time with God but have to take away time from others…..no I feel it’s an exponential growth scenario. Spend more time with God and the rest of your life explodes with his grace and blessings.
My one bit of advice this day, is to spend more time with God, speaking with him and reading his word and you’ll be amazed at how he responds.