March 28, 2018
The Word: Relationship
“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Leviticus 26:12).
God desires a close relationship with us. He loved us before we loved Him. Our relationship with God is not one of equals since He is the Owner of our souls and we are simply the stewards of His earthly possessions.
Several years ago, Reggie’s father died from a massive heart attack. While on his death bed, his father looked up at Reggie and said, “I’m not going to make it, Bud. I have done everything I could possibly do to live, and now it’s time for me to see my Heavenly Father face-to-face.”
As tears dripped from Reggie’s eyes, he crawled into the hospital bed with his waning dad and snuggled close to him, then he planted his head on his dad’s chest. Not knowing what to say, Reggie whispered, “Dad, do you have to leave us now?” His father tenderly smiled and then took his last deep breath, quietly slipping away into the eternal presence of Almighty God.
On that day, Reggie came to understand what it meant to release his father into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father. It was the first time Reggie had smiled in weeks. His frown turned into a radiant, glowing, and sparkling smile. He still cried, but they were tears of joy, knowing his father had taken that final step into the eternal presence of his Father.
As Christians, one of our greatest joys is to be in relationship with Almighty God. Learning how to release ourselves into the arms of God is the secret to living a full and meaningful life. For many years, the people of God had to learn what it means to walk with God in a desolate land. Israel had to learn that the land was indeed desolate, but being in relationship with God was the secret to living a life worth living.
The same holds true for us, through the highs and lows of life. Never allow anything to hinder your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
To be loved by God is the highest relationship, the highest achievement, and the highest position in life.
Heavenly Father, give us the courage to encourage anyone who is discouraged, and to bless those who need a blessing from You. May our lives represent what it means to have a relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.