Have you ever had a friendship, or relationship fizzle out and die? For whatever reason, communication begins to lessen, and you drift away. The same can happen in our relationship with God. However, God isn’t the one who drifts away. He is always near. “The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave or abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31: 8 CSB). It’s always us who drift away from Him. Relationships require both parties to be invested for the relationship to flourish.
“You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29: 13 CSB).
“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16: 11 CSB).
“But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mathew 6:6 CSB).
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10 NLT).
“I have hidden Your word in my heart” (Psalms 119: 11 NLT).
“He said to them, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ ” (Matthew 22:37 CSB).
All of the above verses contain verbs. They require action on our end: to search, seek, pray, love, and even being still requires something from us. Having a relationship with God is not passive. Yet, God still loves us and provides for us even when we drift away from Him, because that’s WHO HE IS. He is faithful to His own, but He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to open up communication with Him and spend time with Him. I know in my own marriage that life gets busy and demanding, and its very easy to go weeks and look at each other and realize that we haven’t spent any time one-on-one. Then, we make time to focus on each other and there’s a renewed energy in the relationship. Make God your first love and make it a priority to spend time with Him daily. Put action into your relationship with God and let Him renew you.
“Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the Spring showers that water the land” (Hosea 6:3 CSB).
Which of these verses speaks to you today? What do you feel God nudging you to do more of to be closer to Him? Leave a comment and share!! Thank you for reading!