Relationships aren’t easy. They need time, effort and sacrifice whether it’s a relationship with people, pets or God. They’re always worth it, but you have to put in in order to take away. I think we often forget that. I was talking with a friend the other day; they were sharing how they feel lonely and wish they had more people in their life they were close with. This friend then began to talk about how introverted they are and how much they enjoy recharging by themselves and being a hermit. I laughed because I totally relate – In fact I think most of society relates to that mentality! Netflix is the new party and staying in is the new going out. It’s funny how much effort it takes to plan a night out with friends or even a simple coffee date to catch up with someone! We have to check our schedules, see if we’ll be in the mental space to actually want to go out that day next week and plan accordingly. I’m totally one of those people that could say no to every opportunity to go out – My hermit skills are almost resume worthy. However, once I’m out with people; I’m always glad I went out, or had them over!
I think our relationship with God operates the same way. People always want to hear from God. People usually want to see God work and know that He cares. But how often are people responding to the call from God – He wants to hear from you too and see you work to know that you care. It seems like our expectations from Jesus are very one sided.
2 Chronicles 15:15, “The people sought Him earnestly and He let them find Him.”
If someone were to treat you the same way you treat Christ, would you still want to be their friend? It’s a question that has really challenged me! No one likes a friend that sucks at listening – When all they do is talk about themselves, your interest level in spending more time with that person will tank significantly. What about the friend that is always telling you what to do and incredibly demanding? We tend to cut those people out of our life pretty fast. Our relationship with Jesus is more than reading your Bible, having a regular attendance at church and praying before a meal.
I was reading 1 Samuel the other day – I love the classic story of David defeating Goliath (1 Samuel chapter 17). It’s incredibly motivating for us to go out and tackle the giants standing in our way! Reading the chapter this time around, I started thinking more about what gave David the confidence to go out and take on an undefeated warrior. If I were in his shoes I would’ve stayed in the field taking care of dumb sheep – That seems a lot less stressful than going out to the battle line to check up on my siblings.
1 Samuel 17: 31 – 37,
“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”
But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” So Saul finally consented.
When David was growing up he spent most of his time in the fields caring for his Father’s flock. David is known for all of his poetry that is recorded in the book of Psalms in the Bible. Taking care of sheep would not only be long and boring, but it would also give someone the opportunity to get really good at whatever they decided to kill time with. In David’s case it was his relationship with his Lord. I think God also put the desire in David’s heart to practice his sling shot skills so that when the time came for him to fight, it would be his first instinct to trust God and grab his sling. David spent and immeasurable amount of time with God while he looked after the sheep. I believe that is what gave David the foundation in his life to become a Man After God’s Own Heart. It made me realize that in order to have a strong relationship with anyone, you need to invest time. To create closeness you need to learn about the other person. David wanted to know God, learn more about God and be a friend with God.
I want this for my life also – I want to create closeness with God and with other people in my life. I want to seek God earnestly and maybe He will let me find Him.
– Stay Satisfied