Having a relationship with our Wonderful Creator is important; but what does that take? I’ve heard people say, “It’s not about ‘head knowledge’; it’s all about having a relationship.” That is partially true. However, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to have a TRUE relationship with the Father without the pursuit of KNOWING Him.
Think of a courtship or dating relationship. How would your future spouse feel if you had no idea what his/her favorite things were? What if keeping track of dates and times wasn’t important to you? How long do you think that relationship would last? Would it even blossom into a marriage, or would it wither into dust? I believe this kind of relationship has a snowball’s chance in… umm… a really hot place? It would be easily wrecked whenever difficult times come along. In fact, we see relationships like this fail every day. Sadly, it’s quite common.
Now, let’s look at the opposite scenario. In this relationship, each partner pays close attention to the “little things”. Each one believes in the importance of dates and times, anniversaries, closely held interests and moral standards, etc. How would that relationship look? It is likely that this couple would make it to the altar and go on to cultivate a strong, lasting, healthy marriage.
Think about how it makes you feel when someone takes a genuine interest in who you are, what you do, what you like, etc. How about when someone obviously doesn’t care? Not that they have a blatant disregard for you or those things, just that it slips their mind. That wouldn’t make you feel very loved, would it?
I believe our relationship with the Father operates the same way. If we want a true relationship with Him, shouldn’t we DESIRE to know Him? Wouldn’t we want to know who He is, what pleases Him, what He expects from His bride? Absolutely! “It is written in the Prophets, ‘They will all be taught by ADONAI.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me.” (John 6:45 CJB)
In turn, shouldn’t we want Him to know us as well? That’s the interaction that occurs when a true, meaningful relationship is pursued. We talk. We share our feelings, our thoughts, our hopes and dreams, our fears, our goals, etc. Then, we listen. We eagerly await hearing what our Wonderful Creator loves, what pleases Him, and what He wants from our relationship with Him.
We are ultimately responsible for doing our part in maintaining this relationship with Him. After all, it was Yeshua (Jesus) who was documented in the book of Matthew, saying, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!'” (Matthew 7:21-23 CJB)
Clearly, it is important for us to know the Father. How do we do that? By pursuing a real, true relationship. How is that done according to Him? The previous passage plainly points out that even if we prophesy, expel demons, and perform miracles in His Name (which are all great and awesome things), we still never truly know Him unless we seek out the Father’s will. In Hosea chapter 4, God says, “My people are destroyed for want (lack) of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as cohen (priest) for me. Because you forgot the Torah (laws/instructions) of your God, I will also forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6 CJB) This sounds rather severe, but it drives home the point that our Heavenly Father is serious about us knowing Him.
So, how do we get to know God more? One of the most effective ways is to spend time in His Word. There’s no better way to learn who God is than to read about Him. As your knowledge of Him increases, so will your faith. Need tips on making time for God in your life? Click here to see several ways you can do that. After you’ve begun doing that, what next? Is just having faith really enough?
Simply “believing” in him is not enough for a relationship to truly take hold. Even the demons believe, and tremble in terror, according to James 2:19. The Hebrew (and dare I say, original) definition of “believe” is expressed in the form of 2 Hebrew words. First is “aman“, which is a verb that means “to be firm or sure”. Second is the word “emunah“, which is a noun often translated as “faith”. However, “aman” is the root word of “emunah”. That means the state of having faith is not just believing intellectually, but DOING something to show it. You can say you “believe” the Word of God is true all day long, but to prove it by your actions is a different story. To truly have faith is to trust AND obey.
In James 2:14-19 as mentioned above, we see the statement, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can such faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in shalom (peace), keep warm and well fed,’ but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is that? So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself. but someone says, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe– and shudder!” (James 2:14-19 CJB)
As quoted earlier, when Yeshua says, “Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!” as harsh as it sounds, He expects us to know very well what He means. He does not want us to be lawless. He wants us to seek out His will, His heart. According to His own words, we do that by keeping His commandments. In John 14, this is again confirmed by the words of the Messiah: “If you love me, you will keep my commands;” (John 14:15 CJB)
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