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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Learning To Slow Down And Be A Friend With God

In review of Psalm 25:14 it says, “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises”

Bottom Line:
Friendship with God comes from taking him and what he says seriously. In this relationship he will reveal his promises.

What this means to me:
My friendship with God comes as I reverence Him and take him seriously.  In this relationship he reveals his promises and covenants.

What I’m learning is that if I want to build a deep relationship with God, I need to slow down and be quiet and take him seriously.

Friendship with God is like any other friendship; time must be made for it. From my own experience, If I don’t make time for my friends, it’s difficult to be close. Likewise if God is going to be my best friend, I’ve got to give my best time to him.

This verse in Psalm 46:10a reminds me to, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10a NIV).

It helps that I have a daily quiet time with God, however practicing being still so that I can know God better is tough.

Today’s verse in Psalm 25:14 reminds me that, “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises” (TLB).

Many people don’t know God. They haven’t experienced God’s love. They don’t know why he does what he does. Yet, the Bible says that friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. In other words, those who slow down and spend time with him.

What would a friendship be if I never invested my time in it? Friendships need attention. I will never know God intimately if all I do is just attend church services and a weekly group. It’s important for me to read God’s Word daily and ask him, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” I don’t have to use any fancy phrases or words. I can Just talk to him authentically. And then listen!

The Bible says it like this Matthew 6:5-6: “When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production ... Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (Matthew 6:5-6 MSG).

Today is a great reminder to just slow down today, focus on God, and listen as he speaks to me about his grace.

In retrospect one thing that keeps me from slowing down and listening is my schedule. I tend to live by a schedule and while I do my best to get the most out of the time I have set aside, at times it still feels rushed. I just need to remind myself to daily check in and ask you to speak to me and my life, and to teach me anything you want me to know or think about.