He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 46: Not Formula, But Friendship
By releasing us from the terrible burden of trying to earn his friendship God put the focus right where he wanted it-on the relationship he always wanted to have with each of us. He wants to be a closer friend than any other we've ever had: sharing our joys, our pains, even our failures as he teaches us how to live in him.
Daily, God wants us to discover more about him and how he wants to be involved with us. This is an intensely personal process. Try as we might to standardize that relationship by offering a checklist as to how to cultivate it; we will always fall short. No living relationship thrives through the use of a checklist, because they are far more dynamic than any list can facilitate. God can be personal enough to develop this friendship with each of us as we invite him to do so.
Some people have asked me if this kind of friendship risks trivializing God and reduces our awe of him. I have not found that to be so. Those who treat God as a buddy who thinks and acts just like they do, always make me wonder if it's the Living God they've found or is it an illusion of their own mind? God is who he is. He is the Almighty, Holy God who created the heavens and the earth. He is more magnificent than we can ever conceive. I can only approach him with confidence because that's the way he wanted it, but that doesn't diminish in my mind for one moment who he is.
Some have argued that if we wouldn't be so casual with an earthly sovereign, why would we presume to do so with God Almighty. I know what they mean. If I had the opportunity to meet a president or king I would dress up in my finest and extend him all the decorum his station demanded. But it would be impossible to become his friend in that environment, wouldn't it?
Does the king or president want that with everyone? I wouldn't think so. Who can go to the president in their comfortable clothes, jump up on his lap and laugh and play with him? His children, of course. That's what God has offered us, not the relationship of a subject but that of a son or daughter who can know him as he really is and not be intimidated by that. He didn't want to use his magnificence to dwarf us, but to elevate us into a friendship with an incredible Father. That could never make him less awesome, only more so.