Something that really helped me understand God in a deeper and more personal way was when I understood that God is a God of relationships. Relationship is defined as a connection between two things or people and everything God created and does is based on connection.
God of Relationships
When God created the heavens, earth and all of creation, He didn’t do it alone. He is a triune God, meaning God is one God, and God is three persons in relationship with each other. Some have explained it as water, steam and ice, St. Patrick explained it as 3 parts to a clover. When He decided to make man, he did it in His image (Gen 1:26) and then breathed the spirit of life into Adam (Gen 2:7) who he knew was not meant to be alone. He created woman, not out of dust, but from a piece of Adam himself (Gen 2:22).
All of creation bears his fingerprint and everything was designed to be connected and in relationship of each other. From the way the planets and stars hang in the sky to the way electrons revolve around a nucleus, God is the God of relationships.
Created for Relationship
We were created for a one-on-one personal relationship with God. I first understood this when I got saved. I was not raised Christian and had definitely found myself off-track in life and headed really nowhere. Then I heard the concept about our-God-shaped-hole. That in each of us, by design, there is a hole, a place where the Spirit of God is meant to dwell. We can try and fill this hole but nothing will fulfill it but a relationship with God Himself. In the center core of our very being, lives the God of the universe. This type of connection is one that makes us children (Gal 3:26) and allows us to live in the unconditional and faithful love of God.
Redeemed for Relationship
Because of Jesus, the sin that had once separated mankind from God has been paid for. Jesus paid our debt so that we could live in fellowship and in close relationship with Him. Galatians 3:26-27 says we are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus and that we were baptized into Christ. Meaning His blood covers and baptizes us back into relationship with Him. That means we don’t need a mediator, a go-between or a priest to talk to on God’s behalf. God walks with us and talks with us and cares about the littlest details of our lives – even if we aren’t. The bible says that God knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7), even if we don’t know that about ourselves? He knows us that well. He will never leave us or forsake us (Deut 31:6).
Today, purpose to grow in relationship with God. A pillar of relationship is communication. Talk to God. Tell him what you’re thankful for, your desires, ask him to intervene on your heavy things, share with him what excites you and your wishes for others who are on your heart. Ask Him about questions you have or for wisdom on decisions you need to make. Or just lift your hands and sing him a song. The bottom line is communicate.
A good way to be intentional about building your relationship is making a habit about your communication time with God. Try to make the first few minutes of your day about Him. Or on your way to and from work, in the shower, or at the end of the day when you put the kids to bed.
Another pillar of relationship is vulnerability. In order to have real relationship, It’s important to let someone past those hard, polished, learned, weathered, plastic layers to get down into our mushy gooey center. Being vulnerable is hard but knowing that you can be vulnerable in such loving hands can make it easy. If this is hard for you, spend time asking God “How much do you love me?” In every scripture or story you read ask Him how does this explain how much you love me? When our little hearts start to get glimpses of his ravishing, relentless, and consuming love for us, we can’t help but fall more in love, and become more vulnerable in return.
So, make the time, open your mouth (yes, out loud) and find how close the God of the Relationships really is and how He takes great delight in you, is talking to you all the time whether you hear it or not. Purpose to “shhh” and listen for His word, for an answer to drop down in your heart or a tug in your chest. Open up to love.
The LORD your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.