2017-07-17 - Give and Take
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:1-2, 7-10)
If Noah and Abraham didn't spend time with God, and if they didn't have a relationship with their Master, do you think God would have shared His vision with them? The Lord could trust Abraham and Noah. These two men put God first. They didn't just use God to get something. It was not a superficial relationship. It was give and take.
Our relationship with the Lord needs to be balanced, not just thanking Him for answering prayers and in the next breath, telling Him a list of unmet needs. We should be reading the Bible to learn more about Him, and getting His counsel so we can do His will. When I cannot read the Bible, I try to meditate on a Scripture so I am girded in His truth. Everyday situations and decisions are a lot harder when we aren't guided by the Lord.
Lord, Don't let me take for granted Your omniscient presence. Show me how to have an authentic relationship with You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.