Connect with Your Creator
“We don’t yet see things clearly: We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright. We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us. But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love” (The Message).
What helps you to connect with God?
Face it, you’re busy. So, like a lot of people, you probably sail through Scripture in a hurry. (Maybe you’re doing that right now.) But if you want to truly connect with your Creator in a meaningful way, stop merely “reading” your Bible … and start engaging it.
As we chew on Scripture—receiving it, reflecting on it, and responding to it—and as we work our way through some honest questions, our masks come off and we begin talking to the Lord on a deeper, more substantive level.
Two things must happen:
We must ponder God’s Word deep in our hearts. We do this with a passage of Scripture until the Lord’s personal message has “gone right into you and taken possession of you”—as Bonhoeffer said. This is the level at which intimacy unfolds in a way that has the potential to change us in the deepest places of our being.
We must allow God to grow our faith in a way that’s unique to each one of us. Engaging the Bible this way doesn’t involve the impersonal formulas and the rigorous, intellectual studies that I was used to. We don’t have to cram our heads with Bible facts, fill in the blanks of study guides, and check off “Bible-in-a-year” reading plans. While these traditional approaches are good at times—they certainly engage our brain—they don’t always connect our hearts in a love relationship with the one, true God of the Scriptures.
Slow down, “chew on” Bible truth, savoring each “bite.” Engage God’s Word and connect with your Creator.
Lord, I want a two-way conversation with You. Speak to me through Your Word. Help me to connect with You in a deeper, more meaningful way. Amen.