“You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews.” — John 4:22
Sometimes I think our closest moments with the ones we love are the times we can just be together, not even needing to say a word – when the silent space does not have to be filled. Simply just being with each other is enough. I believe this is the type of connection God desires with us. In Genesis 3:8, we read how God simply walked with Adam “in the garden in the cool of the day.” According to researcher and author, Brene Brown, even neuroscience proves that we are wired for connection. We were made for relationship, both with God and others.
In Psalm 139, God tells us that He knit each one of us together in our mother's womb. When I think of this act of knitting, images of attention, intention, a skillful hand and a purposeful heart come to mind. God has uniquely knit each of us together. We each have our own personalities and ways in which we personally connect and share. I believe God has called us to know Him within this context.
In John 4:22, we read Paul's response to the Samaritans, warning them they do not KNOW who they worship. To truly worship God, you must know God. To know God, we cannot limit Him to a set of rules, a certain place, a particular object or a set of people. We can only know Him in and through a relationship with Christ. This relationship is available to each of us, no matter what we look like and no matter our past.
Friends, wherever you are at today on the relationship spectrum with God, there is no shame or guilt here. Each of us will always be able to go deeper in our relationship with God. In your First 20 today, ask God to meet you where you are at. Connect with Him just as you are. There are many ways in which we can connect with God speaking to our unique make-up. In addition to the essentials of reading your Bible and praying, here is a sampling of ideas:
Listen to worship music with God.
Dance with God.
Sit silent with God and listen.
Meditate on Scripture with God.
Write to God – share feelings, insecurities, frustrations, joys and dreams.
Draw, paint or color with God.
Walk outside and enjoy nature with God.
(Fill in the blank) with God.
Embrace the freedom that Christ has given us through relationship versus the bondage of trying to fulfill the law (checking off a box). It's not about ritual, it's about relationship. May you know the One you worship!
We would love to hear from you. How do you personally connect with God?
Our God hears,