I find a more natural cadence in my relationship with God when things are rough. Wouldn’t you agree? You find yourself fervently seeking Him when you’re anticipating a miracle or an answered prayer. But what about when things are calm in our lives or going well?
When things are going well in my life, I have to check myself. I try to make a conscious effort to stay in tune with God. I don’t want to serve God only for what He offers; I don’t want to only find myself seeking Him for a way out of trouble or distress. I want a healthy relationship.
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4
When I read this verse, I focus in on the word face. When you’re interacting with someone it shows the utmost reverence to look them in their face. When you look someone in the face you acknowledge their presence; you signify you value their existence.
This verse challenges me to seek God’s face. How am I showing reverence? I have busied myself as of late with my new merch business, book efforts, and personal relationships. I feel a tugging back to God’s face. God and I were eyeball to eyeball the last year as I returned home and went nearly a full year without a full-time job. I constantly read my word, I prayed, I journaled, I worshiped. While at the moment, my life isn’t as distressing, I can feel a tugging to get back to that place; in God’s face.
Practical steps I can take include communing with God earlier. I’m not a night owl so at the end of the day, God isn’t getting my best, vibrant self. In my quiet time, while my life (praise God) isn’t in major distress mode, who can I get in God’s face for? Who do I know who needs earnest prayer? In journaling, I’ll pause to see what God has to say to me. How does He best want me to use my time?
I’m excited to make these adjustments and continually nourish my relationship with God. Admittedly, this is a cadence I have found myself in before. But I don’t think we should beat ourselves up. Once we notice our relationship with God could use some tweaking, we can seek Him to see how we can make adjustments and move closer to Him.
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