There are many ways to look at the Lord. There is relationship with Him as Father. There is a relationship with Him as the bridegroom. There are so many aspects of a relationship that we can have with the Lord, but sometimes there is one often overlooked.
Have you ever had a best friend, and no I am not talking about a dog or even a cat, but an actual person? I am sure you have. Think about the person closest to you when growing up. It may be your brother or sister. It may be someone outside of your family. This person would usually be around the same age as you are. Think about someone who you spent all your time with. Now besides your siblings are you still in contact with this person? Are you still bosom buddies? Did you ever spend hours on the phone or in person talking to each other and just talking about life and how things are going?
I know I have had my share of best friends. I have had three best friends throughout my life. These were people I spent a lot of time talking to. But now one of them doesn’t talk to me anymore, another one and I travel in different circles so we don’t see each other much, and there was one who I don’t get to talk to much because she is busy. Now I am forgetting one person. One very special person. The very closest person to me. Who knows me inside and out. Who knows my every desire. Who is someone I can actually talk to, but often don’t. I just read His letters and think that’s enough. But what I don’t realize is that He actually wants to spend time with me. He wants to talk to me. He wants to spend hours on the “phone” talking about life and whatever’s going on. His name is Jesus, or Yeshua in Hebrew. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in Jesus being God and doing things in order not to displease God and not to sin, that we don’t actually remember that He is a person who wants to spend time with us. That we can actually talk to Him. That’s not an excuse to go on sinning.
The word “companion” comes from the meaning “with+bread” basically meaning someone who we share bread with. That is our companion. The Bible says that Jesus is someone “who sticks closer to us than a brother”. He is pretty much our Conjoined twin meaning that He cannot be separated from us. The Bible pretty much says that nothing can separate us from God. In Psalm 139:8 David says, “If I go to heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.” So if we are going to be spending so much time with someone the least we can do is talk to them.
Why do you think, – [at least they used to- I don’t know about anymore] so many girls keep diaries. They feel the need to confide in someone and talk to someone who can listen to them. They need a way of letting down what they are feeling when they are going through all these changes and they cannot talk to their parents. Girls that have parents that don’t let them date have even more extensive diaries I bet. Now if they replaced “Dear Diary,” with “Dear Jesus,” imagine what kind of transformation they can have in their lives. But a lot of us are a bit older by the time we discover Jesus. Or if we did discover Jesus when we were younger, then we rebel against everything at that age.
We are all seeking to fill a void of deep love for us and to have that close companion. Someone who will never leave you or forsake you. Someone who will walk with you through darkness and lead you by the rough patches in life and someone just there to listen. But a meaningful friendship is not one where you do all the talking and no listening. There has to be a close communication between both parties. So many things are lost when you don’t have a two sided relationship. Someone who you can tell all your thoughts to and someone who you can listen to.
Well people say one way to listen to God is through His Word because that is who is. Like I think I mentioned before that Word is “rhema”. That means what He says to you through “logos”- The bible, becomes “rhema” when He speaks to your spirit, and it becomes life.
There is another way to listen to God, which I found through a teaching by Mark Virkler’s “How to Hear God’s Voice”…and he mentions four techniques and one of them is Journaling. God does not speak to everyone the same way and for each person it is a different way, and there is no “magic” formula, but you have to listen to your spirit and heart and see what they tell you to do.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a telephone conversation with God? That’s pretty much how the Bible was written. Do you know how many days God doesn’t just call you, but He actually shows up at your house knocking on the door and you don’t open. No I am not talking about Jehovah’s Witnesses. He wants to spend time with you. He wants to be a blessing to you. He wants you to experience the joy that He died for. He doesn’t want to condemn you.
Some people may be confused about what the difference is between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. “God” is the general term, which describes the three joined at the hip deity of Father God – Jehovah or YHWH, Jesus or Yeshua, and Holy Spirit, which is Ruwach or Breathe. So I may interchangably use God for Jesus or Father and that will determine context.
Jesus is not just someone who came down to Earth and died. He is someone who was there from the beginning of the Earth. He wants to spend time with you. He wants to have communion with you. He wants to express His inner most thoughts to you so you do not perish. He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to be the person who you confide your secrets to. He wants to be the person who wants to hear about the stories you want to tell when you are older. He wants you to listen on His lap and hear His stories when you are younger. He wants to be the one you talk to when you tell what happened with your boyfriend/husband or wife/girlfriend today. He wants to be the one you talk to when your children are running a havoc all over the place. He’s there – He listens – He’s your best friend – He’s your closest companion.
So who or what and how are you spending most of the time – are you spending time talking to Jesus. Are you letting Him into your life? When He knocks on the door or makes that telephone call will you answer?