OOTB8, 061314, A Personal Relationship with God

               2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”  We do lot of seeking God’s Hand instead of His Face.  To me seeking God’s Hand means seeking what God can give us.  Seeking God’s Face has a lot more to do with seeking to know Who God is; with getting to know Him for Himself; with developing a personal relationship with Him.              

               In the Bible it calls Abraham the friend of God; God says, “Shall I not tell Abraham what I am about to do?”  And God allows Abraham to persuade Him not to destroy a city if there are even ten followers of God.  (Genesis 18:22-33)  God told Moses He was going to destroy the Israelites because they worshiped idols; and start over and make a great nation of Moses; and then God let Moses talk Him out of it.  Says so in Exodus 32:1-14.  About David,  God  says he was “a man after God’s own heart.”  (Acts 13:22; 1 Samuel 13:14) God rewarded David in many ways, and many times, and rewarded his descendants for generations because of David.

               Why did God do all these things for these men?  Because they were perfect followers of God? Hardly. (Every one of them broke God’s laws repeatedly during their lives; but God still took care of them.)  Why? Because they all had a personal relationship with God; they trusted Him.  If you want to read about other friends of God, read the 11th chapter of Hebrews.  They all had a personal relationship with God.  They thought, and they acted, as if drawing near to God was the most important thing in their lives.  Why?  Because it is.  As a tool, the idea of seeking God primarily for the purpose of knowing Him for Himself is right up there at the top of the list of factors involved in drawing nearer to God.

What do you think?  .   .   . What do you do?

1] Do you have a personal relationship with the Living God?

2] If not, why do you think that is?

3] Do you feel the urging down in you heart to have a closer, more personal, relationship with Jesus?

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