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September 25, 2013, 11:20 AM

Getting to Know God

God intensely desires an intimate relationship with His children. This intimacy resembles the relationship between a very young child who has learned to trust “daddy” and who sees “daddy” as the hero who has it all taken care of. It is from this intimacy that God will begin to do great “works” through the lives of His little ones. However, many of His little ones do not trust Him in this way. They remain aloof for many different reasons. If we as His people want to make an impact on this world we must seek this intimacy. Read the words of Kent & Davidene Humphreys.

The scripture says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9); and King David wrote, “God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Psalm 53:2). God promises that “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). This call to and promise of relationship was repeated by Jesus Christ. “I am the good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14) In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby explained the process this way, “Don’t just do something, stand there.”

“Stand there,” Blackaby wrote. “Be still, and know that I am God,” the scripture says. It is this quiet getting to know God, by prayer and His word that develops our relationship with Him, our trust of Him, and our usefulness for Him. Even God’s Son, Jesus, knew that He needed such time – time alone with the Father, to know and love God. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

It has been said that God will not use you in public until He has tutored you in private.  

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