May 20, 2020
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them. John 14:21 NLT
I love to read anniversary posts and tributes on Facebook. A recent one was typical of truly great relationships:
“This is 22 years for us. 22 years! How can that be? That day I married my best friend and I truly believed we knew each other through and through. I couldn’t imagine loving you more. But our years together have drawn us so much closer. You have depths and qualities I never knew on our wedding day. I am the most blessed woman in the world because I get to keep knowing you and growing with you. I now know there will always be more of you to know—your thoughts, your dreams, the memories we make together. I am so excited for our next 22 and more. I love you more than I thought possible, but tomorrow, I will love you more.”
I hope you have a relationship like that. That’s what marriage was intended to be—a growing relationship between two committed people who love each other deeply. Their love grows, and with their love their knowledge of the other also grows. With that knowledge comes deeper love. Revelation leads to a deepened relationship, and in turn, the deepened relationship leads to increased revelation and deeper knowledge. It’s a cycle that yields high returns.
That is the picture of God’s intent for our relationship with Him. We commit ourselves in love completely. Our hearts are in tune with Him and we obey what He says because that is the character of our relationship. Like an onion, time peels off the layers of our relationship and we keep growing closer and closer. He knows me inside and out, and with each new revelation of myself, He reveals Himself more to me.
We say we want to know God better. Relational communication through prayer, Scripture, and worship is the God-designed way. He will delight in you and you in Him. He will reveal Himself to you.
- When you pray, read the Word, and worship, don’t worry about the way someone else does it or even what they might think of you. Let God know YOU. That’s how you know Him.