“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Psalm 62:8 KJV
Just as communication is vital in our day to day human interactions, so is daily communication between us and our maker.
Communication plus vulnerability breeds intimacy which then fosters trust. One of the most expensive mistakes a person can make is to trust the wrong person with their aspirations, concerns and heart! Once trust is broken its almost impossible to gain back and can only take the grace of God for it to be restored.
In today’s society, manifold social networking apps have been created as a way to encourage people to stay in touch with loved ones. When it comes to our maker, the Most High God, we don’t need technology but good old faith! Hebrews 11 verse 6 makes us understand that…
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith is all we need to go before God. Beloved, have you ever desired a relationship with someone who would know you inside out, know the very words on the tip of your tongue before you spoke? Someone you can confide in without being judged and misunderstood?
Well, the great news is that Christ Jesus is that ‘someone’. He knows the number of hairs on each person’s head and can be trusted with our deepest fears and hopes. He is also not a gossip! Our secrets are safe with Him and won’t be divulged on social media the next day for all to feast on. He is able to create solutions for the problems we face and heal our souls of any wounds sustained during this pilgrimage of life.
All we need to do is go to Jesus! If we wish to deepen our relationship with Christ Jesus, we need to approach him with all transparency, learn of Him and know His character. Who is the person that desires to draw close to someone but ignores them, does not make the effort to spend time with them and study that person to gain some understanding on what makes them tick? Such person deludes themselves if they suppose they will be invited into the inner circles of the one they’ve set their affections on.
The more we go before the Lord in prayer and reading of the Bible, the more we learn of His character, what He requires of us and how we can better please Him. He is the omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient God whom we cannot deceive. Every thought is bare before Him so the sooner we realise this the quicker we’ll find rest for our souls. It’s all about cultivating a relationship of trust and openness when we go to Him.
The Lord is not impressed with our airs and graces. In Luke 18 verse 10 to 14- we read the story of the Pharisee and publican. We see that the one whose prayer was received was the one who humbled himself before God, confessed his sins and asked God for mercy:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted
The Lord wants us to come to Him like little children, forgo the pretence and just be ourselves – just as He created us. He is not moved by our offerings, sacrifices or how noble we reckon we are as he is with our hearts. For our righteousness is but a filthy rug to him. Psalm 51 verse 17 clearly states that:
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
The tales of King David and the publican testifies that God wants us to be honest and real with him but not neglecting to give Him the reverence due to Him.
Tending a relationship based on vulnerability and trust with the Lord will cause us to grow in our walk with Him and push us to perfection in Him. To learn more about how we can do this, I would encourage us all to study the life of King David in the books of 1 Samuel chapters 16 to the end of 2 Samuel. The book of Psalm also gives us some insight into his prayer life and how he approached God. King David was the man who God referred to as a man after His own heart. With such a raving reference from God Himself, we can do well to learn a few things from him!
Friends lets run to Jesus Christ with all our cares no matter how minuscule they may seem to us. Jesus Christ in Matthew 11 verse 28 to 30 urged us by saying…
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
May God help us to seek Him in truth and deliver us from any form of pride and barriers that hinders us from truly opening up to Him.
*All scriptures are taken from the King James Version of the Bible
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