It All Depends On Who You Know

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Michelangelo's Finger of God
It has been said that to get anywhere in life it all depends on who you know. I know a lot of people, but if they don't know me, then there is no relationship. The same can be said for worship. God designed worship to be a face-to-face experience, not a ritual directed to a far-off deity. Julie Gold got it dead wrong when she penned the words to the song "From A Distance" made famous by Bette Midler. The chorus states "God is watching us from a distance."

But that is the opposite of the true character of God. God is a close and personal God. If you read through the Bible you will find story after story of God revealing Himself to humanity in physical, tangible ways where people could see Him with their eyes and touch Him with their hands.

This was God's design from the beginning when He first created man. We read in Genesis that He walked with Adam in the garden and spoke to him face-to-face. We read in Isaiah chapter 6 that Isaiah saw the Lord and was touched by Him. The ultimate physical manifestation of God to man is Jesus taking on flesh and being born in a manger.

God's deep desire is to have that same kind of relationship with you. He won't settle for the long distance kind. It has to be close and personal, face-to-face, eye-to-eye. I encourage you to not settle for anything less either. May the cry of our hearts be like Paul's in Philippians 3:10 where he says, "I want to know Him..."

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