If you missed last weeks blog, “When the Wind is Against You”, I highly encourage you to read it by clicking here. Last week I talked about who we should cry out to when the wind is against us. In a brief summary, “When the Wind is Against You” is about how we so often hide behind our pride and our need to be in control that we fail to call out for help, but now I want to talk about how we should react after the wind is no longer against us.
Imagine you have a friend who only comes to you when they need something. They cry out to you for help, you rescue them, and then they forget about you until they need you again. That isn’t a friendship I or many others would want nor do I ever want to be that kind of “friend” to someone. So why do we do this with our heavenly Father? Why do we only go to Him when we need something?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reads ” rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ”. In everything, give thanks. In the good times and the bad, we need to be praising God for all he has done. God desires an intimate relationship with each one of us, but that does not happen by only going to Him when we need Him to fix something. Developing an intimate relationship with our Father requires constant communication and prioritization. If you want to be in a relationship with someone, you prioritize them. You make time for them. You get to know them.
So how do you prioritize God? How do you get to know Him? Why should you get to know Him?
Prioritizing God can be challenging at times because we are so easily distracted by our own lives. In order to prioritize and get to know God, you have to set aside time. Maybe it is only 5 minutes each day. That is ok. Start there and I promise you, the more you learn about Him, the more you will long to spend time with Him. Some people struggle getting to know God because they cannot see or hear Him. This is where faith comes in. Faith is believing in what you cannot see. The best way to begin to know God is by opening your Bible and reading about all that He has done. You will have questions. You will not understand everything. That is normal.The final question is why you should get to know Him.
Paul Washer says “the freest man on the face of the earth is the one who makes himself a slave to a perfect master. Where has God been wrong, and where has He wronged you? Has there ever been a time when you’ve listened to Him, when you’ve obeyed Him, when you’ve sought out His will, that He has misled you somehow? Never! But have you ever followed your own ways and been misled by your own devices? Always.” God will never lead you astray, but if we continue to try to live life on our own, we will stray. Below are three additional verses supporting our need to know God:
Hosea 4:6 “My people are being destroyed because they do not know me.”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”
Only by knowing God can you experience a life of freedom, truth, and fulfillment. So when the wind changes and is no longer against you, do not stop calling out to Him. Continue to pursue Him, prioritize Him, and get to know Him. Only then will you Rise.