From God comes…
From God comes a relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
From the beginning, God created us to be relational beings. God created man and then made him a companion because it was not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:8) So we have this innate desire to connect with others. We want people to understand us, empathize with us, share our joy, feel our pain, and so on.
God is relational as well. This is modeled for us through the Trinitarian relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is further exemplified in the grace filled gesture of making salvation available for all mankind so we, too, can enter into that relationship.
God longs for a relationship with us, but He will not force it on us. He will beckon or encourage us to come to Him. He will make Himself available. He will love us. He will stand at the door and knock, but He won’t come in and fellowship with us unless He is invited. (Revelation 3:20) He initiates, but we must respond on our own.
Think of the privilege it is to interact with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is always ready and willing to connect with us. We connect through communication, which is a give and take process. We talk and He listens. He talks and we listen.
God is always interested in what we do and listens to what we say. When we talk to God we can tell Him how we feel from the heart. Sometimes we might be angry or frightened. Sometimes we might be elated and joyful. Sometimes we are anxious and worried. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by God’s goodness and full of praise. We talk to God just like we would talk to our most intimate friend—from the heart and often.
How does God talk to us? God spoke to Moses through a burning bush, but I wouldn’t wait for that to happen today. If we ask God to interact with us, He will probably do it through our daily routines. Maybe it will be through a Bible scripture, a sunset, a child’s smile, a co-worker’s off handed comment, a friend’s concern, a quote we read in a book, or various circumstances. It may come in the form of comfort, wisdom, or even correction. We are all different, so God will interact with us in ways that will resonate with each of us.
However, to truly benefit from this relationship with God, we must be receptive. So our thoughts need to be on Him throughout the day. As we draw near to God, He draws near to us. (James 4:8) That’s what relationship is all about.
“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God…”
~James 1:17 (NLT)