What a Relationship with God is Not


God wants a close relationship with you and I, as a matter of fact, He desires that our relationship with Him be number one. We are called, from the Old to the New Testament to love God above all things. However, it seems we always look for shortcuts. I guess is human nature! The problem is that with God, shortcuts cuts are not acceptable. 

See, many of us are distracted already; always on our phones, always in social media, always watching something, other than, what is right in front of us. It seems rare to have two human beings seating down over coffee or tea conversing with one another without interruptions; giving each other 100 percent attention. Very rare! Go to any restaurant or public place and you will notice that folks, many times, are seating next or across to each other, each in their own world. They are having an interaction with whatever they are watching on their phone while ignoring the person he/she is there to share a meal or a drink. Other times, I am sure you experience this, folks are having a conversation with you and the phone at the same time. I hate that with a passion! 

Well, I used these examples because many are approaching God the same way. Either they are listening to somebody else talk about God on the radio, Youtube video, CD, church, TV, etc. or, they are listening to Christian music while they do other things, whether is driving, working around the house, etc. They count that as their time with God. Seriously? Some folks use music to get in the mood to talk to God not realizing that many times the sound of the music is just manipulating their emotions. But I have a question, why do we need music to talk to God? I would hate to talk to my wife, my family, friends, coworkers, etc. with background music. Some take a walk in a nice quiet park and call it, “time with God” but is it? Did you talk to God while walking at all? Did you meditate on His Word? Did you hear His voice? If these is not taking place, stop spiritualizing things… you just took a walk.

This Christian faith demands passion, 100 percent commitment, not an anemic and sedentary approach to God. God told Moses “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) Jesus states the same words in Matthew 22:37. We must engage our whole self in this relationship with God. The Psalmist wrote it this way, “As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God.” Psalm 42:1 (Contemporary English Version) How can you love God this way while on your phone or while you are distracted with anything else? Focus! 

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