Thursday, May 1, 2014

God Knows Us - Do We Know Him?

This week has been monumental in our lives.  Our first granddaughter was born on Sunday.   She is beautiful, and we are in love.  My friends always told me there is nothing like being a grandma, and now I agree.

Her birth makes me think of Psalms 139.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made.  It’s amazing that we can be knit together in our mother’s womb and come out complete and whole. 

Even before we are born, He knew us.   He knows us even better than we will ever know ourselves.  He wants us to know Him the same way, but that is up to us.  He will never force his way on us but gives us freedom to make a decision to follow Him.

For me, I can’t imagine life without His companionship.  It’s nice to be able to have conversations with him about anything going on in my life.  He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.  He listens and doesn’t condemn my weaknesses. 

I am doing a Gideon study at church and today was reading about Gideon’s insecurities to attack the enemy.  Judges 7:9-11 says, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hands.  But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp, and you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp.” 

It amazes me that God did not condemn Gideon for his fear.  He simply initiated an incident to build his faith.  He loves us so much and wants to build us up.   We just need to make time to hear His voice. 

As women, it’s difficult to carve out massive amounts of time to spend in the presence of the Lord.  We must cultivate an atmosphere of communion while we do all that is required of us.  I’ve learned I can talk to Him just about anything – the beautiful flowers and trees, the cool breeze, why that person cut me off in traffic, what is on His heart.   Any conversation I would have with a friend, I can have with Him. 

I can’t say I commune with Him all the time.  It’s easy to get focused on other things.  However, this week, my goal is to connect more.  I hope you will join me.

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