It’s always baffled me how the Children of Israel kept panicking when they experienced something new or different in their relationship with God. They had been miraculously freed from slavery by God acting through Moses. Their clothing did not wear out because God supernaturally kept it in good repair. Food was supernaturally provided, as was protection in front of them and behind. Yet, they panicked when God spoke to them directly and they asked Moses to be their intercessor. Here God did all these wonderful things for His people by way of introduction, and here His people didn’t want to personally interact with Him when He spoke. Poor God! I can’t even begin to imagine how He must have felt when those He loved so much rejected Him in this way.
What about you? Do you keep God at arm’s length when He wants to interact with you? Do you rely on spiritual leaders and others to intercede on your behalf? Instead of receiving a word directly from the Lord, do you rely on a person who has the gift of the prophetic?
The truth is that God wants an up close, personal interactive relationship with you. Like with the Children of Israel, He won’t force you to do so. The great thing is that you can choose to do so and take your relationship with God to another, deeper level. Some denominations have traditions of intercessors like spiritual leaders, Mary (Jesus’ mom) and those they call saints. (I say it that way because the Bible defines saints as those in the body of Christ and not specially designated individuals). Other denominations teach that we can individually approach God directly with our prayers and petitions. God leaves it up to you to choose which way is best for you.
How well you you know God? How well do you want to know Him? He sent Pastor G and me on an amazing journey through many fellowships and denominations so we could learn about how and who He is. That was many years ago. We asked Him to lead us into greater knowledge and understanding about Him and His ways. If you want, you can do the same. As far as Pastor G and I are concerned, there’s nothing like that ever-growing relationship we have with God that sustains us now and will for eternity.
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