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How to Build a Relationship with God
Building a relationship with God starts off as a journey. I remember when I first began my journey with the Lord, I struggled with trying to see too far down the path. I was less interested in the intermediate steps but wanted to see what the final destination looked like.
I wanted all the details mapped out for me before I took a step in any direction. I was paralyzed by the obsession of wanting to make sure each step was right.
I had made so many mistakes before and now that Christ was with me, I figured that I must be extra cautious with my steps because I didn’t want to mess it up this time. So scared to take the wrong steps, I hardly noticed I was standing still.
I went to the Bible for answers and as what most young believers do, I blindly opened my Bible and with my eyes squinted and my head turned to the side, my finger thumbed the pages of Scripture hoping that it would magically rest upon the Scripture that would answer my fears.
I landed on Exodus 16:36 that profoundly read: “Now an omer is a tenth of an ephah.” “Wait, what?!” I said to myself in disbelief. “What am I supposed to do with this, God?”
Why did I think this method of Bible study would work? Where had I learned that? Looking back on these things now, I can see just how much I’ve grown. But, at the time, I didn’t understand how this was all supposed to go.
I could remember very vividly the message that brought me to my knees where I accepted Christ in my heart. But what was next, I could vaguely recall. I was saved but I wasn’t building a relationship with God.
Then I stumbled upon Psalm 119:105 that says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” That made an impression on me that still carries its weight today.
I realized very quickly that my walk with God wasn’t going to mean immediate direction, answers, and wisdom. Building a relationship with God meant I was going to take a journey with Him – a journey of steps.
At each step, He would teach me new things. Just as in darkness, light can only illuminate so far. His word is meant to act in the same way. If our whole path was lit up, we’d see too far for our own good. His word (light) is enough for the moment to carry us to our next step.
Being on a path means that we’re on a journey headed somewhere. Sure, in church, you’ll hear words like sanctification but that is just a big word meaning that you’re on a journey towards holiness. Take comfort in knowing that God doesn’t expect it to happen overnight.
Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one sacrifice, he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” In one part of that verse, you can see God has already made you perfect by His sacrifice. It’s nothing you did, nor anything else you need to do for Him to see you that way. You’re already perfect in His eyes.
You will also see that you are “being made holy.” This is a process. You can only be made holy by taking a walk with God and that all begins with one step. My first step towards him began with prayer.
Now, I didn’t know how to pray at the time but fortunately I had a mentor who provided spiritual counsel whenever I had a question about something.
When I asked him about how to pray, he directed me towards a book called The Hour That Changes The World. I haven’t been the same since and it provides the perfect framework to develop a closer relationship with God. If you don’t know how to pray, I advise you check it out.