Almighty God is our God. Almighty God is our Heavenly Father. Almighty God is our friend. When you truly press in to know God and you prayerfully study His Word (meaning you sincerely ask God to reveal Himself and what His Word means to you,) you will discover that God is Almighty God, He is our Heavenly Father, and He is our friend. There is a balance important to our relationship with God if we hold these three truths in appropriate perspective.
Almighty God is our God. If you could imagine a personal meeting with the President of the United States in his oval office, you might imagine the protocol, formality, and honor to such an event. You’d only walk in and say, “Hey Prez, how’s it going?” if you were totally clueless to respect for authority and irreverent toward it. You would probably dress your best, prepare your greeting, and try with honor and respect to make the most of the limited time you had. With God, our reverence and respect for Him should be magnified far above any humanly respect toward man. Psalm 113:4-5 says, “For the Lord is high above the nations; His glory is far greater than the heavens. Who can be compared with the Lord our God, who is enthroned on high?”
Almighty God is our Heavenly Father. Jesus reveals that God is our Heavenly Father. Matthew 6:31-33 says, “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.”
As we discover and come to know God as our Heavenly Father – the perfect father that none of us every had, we can experience greater intimacy between us and Him. It doesn’t mean we should become less reverent toward Him. It means that we see His awesomeness and reverence it but also realize that the most powerful being in the universe –perfect and Holy in nature is also deeply in love with a fatherly love toward us. How awesome is that and how much more would it elevate our faith and trust in Him to watch over us?
Almighty God is our friend. For some to have a close intimate relationship with a prominent figure would be so cool. If Tiger Woods called me and said, “Tim, can you play golf with me and have lunch?” and he spoke those words as a best friend – well, it would be extraordinary to have such a friendship with a world renowned figure. How much more mind boggling to have an intimate relationship with the God of the universe? Moses did. In Exodus 33:11 we read, “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.’’
To those who would become Jesus’ disciples, He called His friends, John 15:15-16 says, “I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn’t confide in his servants. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”
When we understand God in all three of these revelations, and reverence and honor Him with the respect due to Him as God, we prepare our hearts to speak to and hear back from God – our Almighty Father who loves us as a child and friend.
Now it’s key to understand what I am about to tell you and I want to frame it with a short story. Years ago Renee and I did some surveying of married people at a marriage seminar we were conducting. We gave an anonymous survey to men and their wives asking them to rate their marriages from 1-10, 10 being the best. Although the surveys were anonymous, we asked the couples to turn theirs in as a couple. In almost every case, the men scored their marriage higher than their wives did.
Couple after couple’s scores went like this. The husband rated his marriage an 8 and his wife rated it at a 5. A husband rated his marriage at a 9 and his wife rated it at a 6. Most of the men were blindsided thinking that there marriage was better than what their wife thought. In the majority of cases the wives scored the marriage lower because they did not feel the communication within the marriage was as good as it should be. Women desired more communication than men.
Now that’s no secret and it doesn’t mean that men don’t’ desire good communication. It just means that women desire more of it. For most women, it’s one contributing factor that helps make the relationship more intimate. And it’s something that men who want to improve their marriage learn over time. Most everyone would agree that a good and especially and intimate relationship is not going to happen between two people unless there is good two way communication. I think most people get that. We get the fact that it takes good two-way communication to build an intimate relationship yet with God, somehow we think we can build an intimate relationship with Him as a one-way conversation where we talk to Him and He listens but never responds? Honestly, that is lunacy! God speaks to us. I know to people that don’t really know God’s Word that sounds crazy but as we read yesterday, Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to speak to us. Jesus said, “…the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you do, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”
As today’s Fresh Manna says, “I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn’t confide in his servants. Now you are my friends…” God is our friend. We must reverence Him but He is our loving Father and we can and must converse with Him expecting Him to speak to us through His Word. More next time…..
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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