A few days ago, I was thinking about God’s relationship with us. Most times we think about the flip side of this, i.e. our relationship with God. However, for a change, God had me viewing it from His perspective. Have you ever given this much thought? Have you ever thought about how God sees our relationship? I think this is a good question to ask in order to get into the mind and heart of our Heavenly Father.
So then, how does God see His relationship with us? Well, a good starting point for this is where the relationship first commenced, in the Garden of Eden. In researching the word Eden, I found the following. The Hebrew word, Eden, is connected to the concept of “delight” and “happiness”. So much so that the story of the Garden of Eden is synonymous with paradise, bliss, peace, and perfection and when most persons think about the garden, this is what comes to mind.
This association comes about because we visualize the picturesque garden, animals in harmony with each other and man, and we say, this had to be a wonderful and peaceful place. We associate the physical things to be the key element which was making it so wonderful and peaceful, but that’s not TRUE. While these things definitely had a role to play, the key aspect which made the Garden so delightful and happy was really the presence of God. THIS IS WHAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE, God in the garden, God in us, God in anything!!
This is why when someone gets baptized and gives their heart to God, they say they feel so peaceful and happy. It’s because God comes into their lives anew. The Garden of their heart finally becomes filled with what it always needed–God Himself. Hallelujah!
Just as in the Garden, God was with Adam and Eve daily, the same thing He wants for us now. He wants a daily communion with us and He has paved the way for this with the shedding of the blood of His son Jesus Christ and His death on Calvary.
God wants relationship and more than this, he wants covenant. Covenant is deeper than any type of relationship and this is why the word is used throughout the Bible. We ourselves identify with the marriage covenant when describing one of the strongest unions us humans can enter into. Covenant speaks to a deeper, stronger, longer type of relationship – it is truly intimate.
When one thinks about the intimacy of a marriage covenant, we realize that the parties get to see, smell, taste, touch, enjoy and experience what no one else but these two can. Covenant also brings a two-way love, understanding, and caring for each other like no other. Covenant allows you to share in mercy, forgiveness, grace, and the act of faithfulness. This covenant is reciprocal in all aspects. But when in a covenant relationship with God the flow down from Him is much greater and deeper in every aspect.
So many people go through life being lonely and empty. Even when persons are in a relationship or have so many family and friends around them, the loneliness can still be in the room and in their hearts. But I want you to know that God does not want us to feel this way. He wants us to feel full and fulfilled and for this to happen; we have to allow Him to come into our lives by following what the Apostle Peter advises:
“Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”–Acts 2:38.
The reason we need to do what Peter states is because the covenant relationship that God wants cannot operate with sin in it. Sin must be removed and kept at bay for it to work in all fullness. Remember, God’s ultimate aim is closeness with us by putting Himself in us!
I say it this way, “It is not so much that God wants sin out of us, but ultimately He wants Himself in us, and for Him to be in us, sin must be out of us”! 😊 Thank you Jesus for the blood which washes away our sins (Hebrews 9:22) and prepares us for God to enter.
I would also say, “Be conscious of what is in you (selfishness, sin) and what can be in you, then seek to have the best in you (God).
Out of the millions or even billions of microorganisms, insects, animals, birds, fishes, plants or any living organism, us humans are the only ones who possess the capacity to have an intimate relationship with God (God in us and we in God). We have the ability to be in a covenant relationship because we are formed in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). Just thinking about this makes me feel so special compared to other creatures that walked this earth. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for forming us in this manner.
We all know that many people have tried relationships with drugs and alcohol, relationships with men and women, or even intangibles like power or fame, but somehow nothing seems to work, right? Some of you have tried all these things and many more, but everything seems to fade and fail.
Therefore, I encourage you today to try the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him your ultimate and primary relationship. Take a chance with the best relationship (covenant) you can ever get. Really try to build this relationship with the Lord and see how your life will forever change.
We will leave earth without many things, but make sure you don’t leave without a relationship with the Lord. Phrased another way, the only thing one can carry to the grave is a relationship with the Lord. So, if this is the only thing out of all our possessions we can carry, then it is the only thing we should aim to carry.
PS: Dane Miller was last seen yearning for the best relationship anyone can ever have – a relationship with the true and living God himself.
Your Friend and Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Authored Book – “God is the Author, I am the Pen”
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