There is an amazing story in the OT where God walks with Adam and Eve through the garden. While Scripture doesn’t say how often they walked together; the story suggests that it was a regular practice. The practice of walking together wasn’t a ephemeral idea. Instead, there was a genuine presence, a very real and tangible relationship between them.
Fast forward to the New Testament. The early church were given a promise that they too once again could walk in the presence of God in a very real and tangible way. There was a promise given, that God would give himself to us, and to the New Testament church, the promise of the Holy Spirit was given, and the promise was to every generation and for all who are far off.
One of the distinguishing marks of the early Christians was that they walked with God. They knew God. They knew him in a very real and personal way. They experienced God. And this promise of experiencing God is something that Scripture says is a promise for all who believe. On the 17th of March, 1997, I experience the power of God transforming my life in a very real and tangible way. I become born again and the beginning of a journey of transformation begun.
17 years on, I am more and more convinced that we need to ensure that we cultivate our relationship with God. Having a relationship with God involves more than just knowing what the Bible says. It involves more than ensuring we have right doctrine; though, forming doctrine is important for our understanding of God. Having a relationship with God is just that, we relate to God, and we know he relates back to us.
I am the first to admit that I get frustrated when people proof text scriptures, or talk about a scripture that is clearly out of context. I too get frustrated when people try and sprout ideas about God, which are not found in Scripture. And so I want to say that doctrine and right doctrine is extremely important. BUT; we need to get this into the very essence of our souls, that our relationship with God, is not through holding correct doctrine. It’s not through increasing in knowledge and understanding of correct doctrine. Rather, we have to ensure that we put as a priority our cultivating a real relationship with the living God.
I ask you, “”How is your relationship with God?”