Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Getting To Know God

 

Think of a very good and close friendship you have. Ask yourself how it came to be. It’s not as simple as just having come to know the person is it? It’s not just that you spent time with them. It’s not only that you had some things in common, for we have lots in common with lots of people that we aren’t particularly close to, don’t we? So, it’s not just knowing, spending time with or having things in common with a person. Those elements have their place but there’s something more. Isn’t it true that we somehow see that which we admire in a person and it draws us to them? The way they, in turn, accept us and allow us into their lives blesses us. This is a gift of trust. We spend more time together as we are able. That leads to many more experiences with them in many more circumstances…good ones and tough ones. We have times together alone and times together with others. We pick up on their values and aims. We share some of those in common…maybe many of those in common. We watch how they handle trouble. We feel comfortable and accepted when we are with them. We get to work together, and we see how they carry their share. We see the way they take responsibility. The relationship grows as we interact in daily life.

Now let me ask, how is your relationship with your Father God? Maybe you think it could definitely be better. Maybe you even want it to be better. But just as a friendship doesn’t happen magically, a growing relationship with God doesn’t either. The only way we get to know one another better is through experiencing the phases of life together.

I am not speaking simply of reading the Bible, though that is foundational. We wouldn’t know anything about our God had He not told us in His Book. Of course we cannot see or touch God directly. So that sort of gives us pause, don’t you think? How can we have a relationship with an invisible Someone? But the Apostle Peter explains that we definitely can have such a relationship. Have a read of 1 Peter 1:8-9. Without having seen Jesus in the flesh ourselves, we can consider the sheer volume of evidence we have been given concerning Him. We then are able to love Him, believe in Him, rejoice in Him and continue receiving salvation from Him! We are in relationship with Him. The Proverb writer tells us to “acknowledge Him” (3:6). What does that mean? Well, what does it mean to acknowledge a friend? We speak with them. We share good and tough news. When we are happy we can’t wait to bring them in on it, can we? We honor them. We make plans with them in mind. We make decisions based on our friendship. If they need us, we do whatever we can to get there for them. We help each other. It’s not magic. It’s friendship! Does it make sense then that we approach our relationship with our God in some similar ways? I don’t want to experience my life without my God! And the more I acknowledge Him in everything the closer I grow to Him. Make sense?

 

 

 

 

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  1. Gail Oakes on said:

    You know I cannot think of life without my Savior and my God in it. God and Jesus are not only my friend but they are my Helper above all helper’s in life. Our friends can try but Our God knows the deepest part in us that is a mystery to others. We are complex sometimes and so needy but don’t want to act weak.
    But I know My Father and Savior knows what I need before I even think to ask.

    So these Friends of Mine take care of me and forgive me when I need it so badly at times. So I can then pick up and get on with it and they are my Helper in doing this. They want me to WIN and I want to win being in Heaven with them.

    Friends are a sweet to have in our lives. I am Glad for the Godly Christian Friends that help me stay on track and Focus on my Savior and Salvation because of My Savior. Salvation when it is understood better as we go thru life is a World of Goodness, Love and Actions for us that are most precious when you really think of this plan God has for us.

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