You always sit in the row ahead of Sam in church. You smile and say “Good morning” when you come in. You say “See you next Sunday” when you leave. But one morning, you add a little conversation: Sam, could you give me a hundred dollars?”
Unfortunately, that‘s the way some people treat the Lord. They have a Sunday-only relationship with Him until they need something. But God desire much more.
The Lord wants us first of all to know Him as our Savior. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
After we become His child (1:12), God desires an ongoing dialog with us and a growing knowledge of who He is and who we can be with His help. He doesn’t want to be a Sunday-only acquaintance or Someone we cry out to only when we’re desperate. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. He also wants us to grow in our desire to please Him by obeying Him. “We know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3).
God loves you and wants you to know Him. He does answer desperation prayers. But before you start asking, make sure you know Him personally. – Cindy Hess Kasper
The Lord wants more than platitudes
From those for whom He died;
He longs for us to knows His love,
And in that love abide. – D. De Haan
Knowing about God may interest us, but knowing God will change us.
- May 20, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread