How Relaxed are You with God? How comfortable are you in God’s Presence? Is it intimidating for you? Do you feel small and insignificant?
Let me ask you another question. How comfortable are your kids with you? Are they intimidated by you? Do they feel small and insignificant in your presence? I hope not! But what if they did? How would that make you feel? And how do you think that would affect the way they relate to you?
And yet, I am afraid this is the state many Christians are in when it comes to God – intimidated. And yet Jesus said,
“If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” John 14:9
And we know how approachable and kind Jesus is.
Why am I teaching this? Because life is too difficult to not be comfortable in God’s Presence. Why? Because you need to ask Him for things like His protection, provision, power, and peace, and you need to be comfortable enough in His Presence to ask Him for exactly what you need, and confidence that He hears you and will respond – as any good earthly father would.
Look at what Jesus says about this in Luke 11:11-13
“So, I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Jesus is trying to break down the intimidating image they had of God. The religious leaders were constantly making the average “sinner” feel more and more distant and insignificant in their relationship with God. But finally, and thankfully, God Himself came down and met with them personally. And He has with you too, by His Spirit within you. His Spirit Who cries out through your, “Abba, Father!” Romans 8:15
In Luke, Jesus is telling you that to the extent you love your kids, God loves us more. And not only will He meet your material needs, but also your spiritual needs by giving you the Holy Spirit.
The more comfortable you are in relating to God as, “Abba”, your Dad, the quicker and easier you will be able to ask and receive what you need for your mental, emotional, spiritual, and material peace.
What is hindering you from being comfortable in God’s Presence?
What kind of relationship did you have with your earthly father that makes it difficult to relate to God as your Father?
What do you need from Him? Relax and ask Him as you would a good earthly father. He will not trick, criticize, or withhold from you.