What does it
mean to have a personal relationship with God?
I am on a personal quest to delve deeper into my spiritual walk. Ever since I was small, I remember
the story of Enoch and how he was simply known for Walking with God. (Genesis 5:24). As a child, I was taught that one
day he walked with God all the way to heaven.
I may not understand all the particulars, but one thing I do understand
is that God desires to have a living, walking relationship with mankind. That is why he created us. I have a strong curiosity and desire to learn more of this walk. The way Abraham walked with God pleading for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. The way Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden.
Here is a list of some of the avenues that I would like to explore: 1) The many times God reached out to man. 2) The times man responded back to God. Specifically, how man responded, and what God had to say about that person. 3) People such as Enoch, Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, and their relationships with God. David is one of my favorite characters. In spite of his many mistakes, the Bible still refers to him as a man after God's own heart. 4) The many relationship types provided in the Bible. Examples are the Bride of Christ, The Good Shepherd, the Vine. 5) The many promises God has given to us as we grow in our relationship with Him.
To say that God is a distant God way out there that does not concern himself with the personal details in someone's life is to say that one does not really know Who God is. Take a look at the Lord's Prayer. It does not start with: "O Great and Distant God who is so great and distant that we cannot reach out to you." It starts out by simply stating: "Our Father, which art in Heaven." God is our Heavenly Father.
I have been
told by numerous doctors and psychologists that one important aspect to having
a truly balanced life is to not neglect the spiritual aspect. Meditation is often listed as effective
spiritual measure by many professionals.
Meditation is mentioned many times in the Bible; meditating upon God, his Aspects, his Work, and his Word. We have a copy of his Word today and that is
I have grown up
in a Christian home. My father has been
a Pastor for over 40 years and my wife is also the Daughter of a Pastor. It is easy to just get used to God being
there and get so comfortable with the concept that I really do not explore this
relationship on my own. I am hoping that
by my going on this journey, I will be able to get to know God closer and
better and to add much more rich meaning to my life.
You are welcome to follow me on this quest as I dig deep into the Riches of God and his promises. (Ephesians 2:7). Please do not expect too much as I am but a sinner saved by His grace.