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A Personal Relationship

There are those who view God as a distant figure, not one to be involved in individual lives on a personal level. But Scripture reveals He is altogether involved in the lives of those who come to trust Him and place their complete faith in Him. God gave Noah explicit details on how to build the ark to the saving of his family (Genesis 6). The Lord came to Job after his three friends proved unsuccessful in comforting him in the loss of his children and possessions, speaking to him of the greater things of God that make everything else pale in comparison (Job 38-41). The Lord personally spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh with word destruction was coming for their wickedness (Jonah 1). Even Isaiah personally heard from the Lord when it was asked of him, “Who will go for us?” and he answered, “Here am I: send me” (Isaiah 6).

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He told them to begin, “Our Father, which art in heaven” (Matthew 6). They were to address God as their Father, a familial term indicating relationship. Paul lays out in Galatians 4 what it means to be adopted into God’s family upon acceptance of His forgiveness of sin, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (a term of endearment). Paul continues, “Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

God desires a personal relationship with each one of us just as He had with Adam and Eve in the Garden before their disobedience. Just as the first inhabitants of earth were cast out of the Garden for their sin, being separated from God, God desires we come back into a right relationship with Him through Christ. He stands ready to forgive. All we have to do is accept His free gift of salvation and become His child, crying “Abba, Father.”