Devotional

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines, even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” – Habakkuk 3:17-19.

Is my relationship with God where it should be is a question that we all have had at one time or another. In other words, is there some way to know how good our relationship with God really is? Is there a way to know if we’re on the right track? 

It is good to take stock of our relationship with God periodically. In the midst of all that is happening around us these days, somehow we lose touch with the personal relationship with the living Christ. Communication becomes more infrequent. Prayer takes a back place. And when that happens our relationship with Christ doesn’t disappear, but it can cease to flourish the way we want it to.  

Building your relationship with God is “sanctification”, the lifelong process of being made holy. Holy can seem like a mystical term incapable of definition, but it simply means “to be set apart.” Sanctification is a process of going from what you used to be, to being far more reflective of the character and nature of Christ. More humility, less pride. More love, less indifference. More kindness, less harshness. Those are the components of sanctification.  

We have an idea in our minds that God uses people that have the relationship we are striving for. But if you read the scriptures you know that premise is false. God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He uses improbable men and women who have nothing of their own to offer, but their faithfulness and willingness to say, “yes.”  Scripture is full of stories where people are called by God to do something special for Him. These people are just like you and me, just common, ordinary people.

So look at your relationship with God and evaluate the current condition of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is it growing? Is it a deeper relationship than it’s been in the past? Is communication better? A deep relationship with God is the heart of all Christian living. Don’t ignore it. There’s really nothing more important and valuable than your relationship with God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What part of your relationship with God would you like to strengthen? 
  2. What part of your relationship with God should you focus on this week?