Some years ago I sold insurance door-to-door as an interim job. My manager gave me a piece of advice. He told me that everybody is walking around with a sign on their forehead that reads, “What’s in it for me?” Well, as I have grown and matured as a Christian, I’ve learned “what’s in it for me!”
A plaque in my bedroom reads, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct they path.” That statement is the most important component in my Christian walk.
While without God an individual may find a role model or may be lead by media or peers, with God as our director we have the power of the entire universe as our Guide and our Provider
God may manifest himself in our lives as a personal friend. He may seem more like a husband, a brother or a father. Regardless of how God is personified in our lives, He is very personally involved in our well-being and care.
This manifestation may appear as a feeling that we have God’s re-assurance and that God will continually provide for us both spiritually and materially.
(Now, before we start seeing dollar signs in our eyes, I would direct you to my next post, which will outline the way God works in our lives when it comes to our financial well-being.)
For the novice Christian, or any Christian who does not sense a strong personal relationship with God, I would ask that you consider trying an exercise that can be done virtually anywhere at any time of the day.
If you are not sure whether your relationship with God is like husband to bride, father to child, brother to brother/sister, or friend to friend, close your eyes in silence for a few moments. Put the cares of the world on hold for a few moments. In that instant, imagine your perfect and benevolent friend, brother, husband or father and how that relationship will enhance your life. Ponder only a minute or two at a time. This will be a little like the training wheels on your bike as you were learning to ride. Focus on only one relationship model that seems right for you at this time of your life. The Holy Spirit may actually help you recognize the right relationship model.
Repeat this exercise once a day until you feel the re-assurance that acknowledges the relationship you seek. Eventually, your friend, husband, father or brother will be there with you throughout each day, guiding you in spirit, reassuring you and soothing your cares away.
Eventually, you will understand the difference between knowing God and not having this amazing manifestation in your life.