Matthew 2

The question I will attempt to address today is: why is cultivating a relationship with God, our Father so important? We all know what it is like to be in any sort of a relationship. I am not here relegating relationships to the sort which tends to often come to mind when the word is mentioned, namely, that between lovers. I am using the term broadly to identify our daily social dealings with the people in our lives. Now one interesting fact about relationships is that they can grow very deep over time on the one hand, or grow apart on the other hand. What we find in the deepest of relationships is a significant level of trust, where communication freely flows, and virtually no information is withheld. No secret remains hidden. No topic too sensitive to discuss.

On the other hand, what we find in relationships once close that have grown apart is a sense of distrust. Communication becomes even more complicated. Words quite harmless in and of themselves are misinterpreted as originating from a motive of spite or ill will.

One fundamental truth about God’s nature I want to highlight is his omniscience, or knowledge of all things. God does not simply know all facts about the world He has created, but about the decisions that we will take, about the future that collectively as a human race all our innumerable choices and actions create. We are constantly being encouraged in His word to grow deeper in our relationship with Him. Proverbs 3:5 advices us to “trust in the Lord with all our hearts”. James 4:8 encourages us to “draw nigh to God”. Jesus commands us in Matthew 22:37 to “love God with all our heats, soul, and might”.  Which of us wouldn’t be filled with ecstasy to a state of delirium if a great person like a Bill Gates or a Barack Obama wanted to befriend us? Indeed how much pride we should take in being called their friends. To translate this logic over to a God, greater than any man, who wants to befriend us, who wants us to draw nigh to Him, it seems to me a great inconsistency in logic that we shouldn’t be filled with the same rapturous bliss as we would in the case of a great man. The deeper the basis of any relationship, the more exchange there can be. The closer we are to a person, the more things the person is comfortable in disclosing to us. Likewise, the closer we draw nigh to God, the more He is willing to reveal to us.

In Matthew 2, we see an account of God revealing to Joseph what Herod was about to do, which was to kill Jesus. We see God disclosing knowledge of the future to Joseph. It follows then that Joseph was a man who had a rather deep relationship with God. This life we live is filled with uncertainties. Even in the present hour we find ourselves, were we to trace our history we should think it very strange how all the various twists and turns has landed us in our current positions. Furthermore, moving forward will likewise resemble the past. It will be filled with many more twists and turns. It will be a journey we could never guess. We would end up in positions we had never for a moment imagined. Oh what an invaluable resource it is to have a friend like God. Oh what an infinite blessing it is to have our steps ordered by an all knowing Father. “For I know the thoughts I have towards you, thoughts of good and not of evil, to bring you to an expected end”. God, our Father has our very best interest at heart and He longs for a deeper and deeper relationship with us. When we grow apart from our Father, we misinterpret the truth of His word as coming from a motive of ill will. We feel God does not care or does not have our best interest at heart.  Brethren, let us rid ourselves of the lie that God doesn’t care. Let us be no longer deceived that we can have a friend better than God. Let us draw nigh to God each day and he would reveal to us  “the deep and hidden things and what lies in darkness”.

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