DayBreaks for 3/07/19: A Personal Friend
From the DayBreaks archive February 2009:
Much is said these days about being friends with God or Jesus. It was not always so. For many long years (centuries probably, and millennia possibly) mankind was so much in awe of the Divine Creator that some groups wouldn’t even dare to pronounce His name. Others held that the gods were disinterested in the doings of mere mortals…except to use us as their playthings for times when they got bored. And, of course, there have always been those who blasphemed and spoke ill of their “gods”, too.
But when Jesus came, he turned those notions upside down. He said he would not longer call his disciples servants, but friends. He taught His disciples to pray using the term, Abba (Daddy), when speaking to the Father.
Yet, how does one really get to know God personally? In his book, Reaching for the Invisible God, Phillip Yancey wrote: “In Jesus’ day the answer was shocking simple: you know him the same way you know anybody. You introduce yourself, shake hands, strike up a conversation, inquire about his family. Because of Jesus we need never question God’s desire for intimacy. Does God really want close contact with us? Jesus gave up Heaven for it. In person he reestablished the original link between God and human beings, between seen and unseen worlds.”
In the Old Testament, God is spoke of and called “Father” a total of 11 times. But what a change when we get to the New Testament, that refers to God as our Father a stunning 170 times!
How do you get to know God personally? Get to know Jesus. Read the gospels, but don’t just read them. On each page are jewels to be gathered about the nature of Jesus, of the things that stirred his heart, the way little things caught his attention and the way he reacted to people, places and things. You can read his words. And, through the Spirit, He is with us still. While you may not be able to shake his hand as the disciples long ago did, you can still talk to him – and listen to him. Oh, how much we miss by not asking him to speak with us more than we do! Somewhere we got this infernal idea that prayer is about talking. It’s not. It’s to be far more about listening, I believe.
Yes, Jesus is a friend and a personal one at that. But he’s also far more than just a personal friend, this friend is God.
Prayer: What a friend we have in Jesus! We give you glory Father God for such a perfect revelation of Yourself! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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