Today's Devotional

A Personal Relationship with God (25 November)

The Lord, who made the earth, who formed it and set it in place, spoke to me. He whose name is the Lord said, "Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about."
Jeremiah 33:2-3

God wants us to call on his name every day, wants us to turn to him in every situation with every question we have, and he has promised that he will answer us and will tell us things that we never knew. How great it is to know that I can always turn to him, that he knows so much more than I do, and that all is done according to his will and his wisdom.

All that God wants from us is faith. Having faith in someone means believing him to the very end, trusting him in everything, depending on him with complete confidence in what he does. This is so even though we do not see him, but we know that he is there for us.

When we are in good a relationship with God, we will pray that his will be done, and we will really mean it. We won't feel bad if our own desires are not fulfilled, rather we will rejoice that God in his wisdom knows what is best for us far better than we do.

C. H. Spurgeon once wrote: "Lord, if what I ask for does not please You, neither would it please me. My desires are put into Your hands to be corrected." We must never be taken captive by something we want so much and are so sure is the right thing, that we do not ask his will because we just want what we want.

C. S. Lewis wrote, "If God had granted all the silly prayers I've made in my life, where should I be now?" Sometimes when I think back on things that I once prayed for, I must heartily agree with Lewis. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he prayed to God and showed them that the center of our prayer is not ourselves but our Father in heaven, the king of kings. "May you give us our daily bread, may you forgive us, may you not lead us into temptation." The nature of our relationship is such that I need God, he does not need me. He can do everything; alone I can do nothing.

We must always call upon God, and he has promised that he will tell us things above and beyond our expectations, even things we have never known.


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