June 06, 2020, 04:14:10 pm

Relationship

Started by Foadle, April 14, 2020, 06:05:33 am

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Foadle

I have been studying relationship with God of late.  For a long time I have been frustrated because I felt I knew about God but did not know God in much the same way as I know about Queen Elizabeth, but I don't know her.  For years I have tried to get to know God but seemed to meet with failure at every turn.

Recently God asked me to allow Him to take me on the journey rather than trying to do it myself (Oh wow...what a concept :o :banghead: ).  He said I needed to start with where every relationship with every person must start, and I was so quick off the mark, I couldn't even think what He was talking about :doh: .  Thankfully He is loving and merciful.

He took me to Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

He has shown (and challenged) me so much in just this one verse that I thought I would share.

Firstly, the first step to relationship with Him is believing in His existence (we "must believe that He is").  Well, at least I had that much!
He even showed me that this was faith and in and of itself was pleasing to Him.  This in itself brought up self-examination (with the aid of the Holy Spirit) to consider how much I have tried to please Him aside from faith: with what I knew, what I did ... and I guess everybody has to face this.

Now obviously He doesn't want our faith to stop there but it must start there.

Secondly we must believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him...hmmm, suddenly I realised how little I trust, be it Him or anyone.  Did I really believe that He would reward me?  I struggled with that.  There were some deep hurts of unanswered prayers and that led me to realise that I was trying to set the agenda on what His rewards should be.  Further, was I seeking God, or the rewards I thought I should get from Him?  In which case I am not seeking God and not meeting the prerequisite of said rewards anyway.

So then came the question: If we are to diligently seek Him to receive the rewards, how is this not works?
Simple: Works is seeking Him to obtain the rewards, and this, as stated above is not seeking Him but the rewards.  But if we are seeking Him, we have a peace of knowing that He will reward our diligence in seeking Him because relationship with Him causes us to understand His nature.  It becomes an anticipation and expectation borne out of relationship with Him, not because we are seeking it, but because we know what He is like.

Finally He showed me that part of diligently seeking Him was coming to Him.  Coming to Him is the outworking of our faith (because we show our faith by what we do - James 2:18). It shows that we believe in His existence, and it shows that we believe relationship with Him is beneficial.

How hard I have made it over the years.  How much I am beginning to realise that for me relationship with God has been about me and not Him, and such a relationship (as it would be with anyone) was doomed to fail.  Learning to live God focused and not self-focused is what I had always thought I was doing...but was I really?

Praise God for His love and grace and mercy.