TODAY'S WORD 4U 2DAY
HEALTH CHECK (1)2 Samuel 20:9
Once upon a time, as the famous parable tells, there was a contest between Wind and Sun. They fought to see who could remove the coat of a man walking down a street. Wind had no doubt about its ability, so it simply blew great gusts of air down with all its strength. But it hadn’t thought ahead – the man felt Wind billowing around him, and pulled his coat closer around himself. Sun looked down and took its turn. It shone warm, lovely, rays down onto the man, and shone, and shone. Eventually, the man became too warm, and he gladly removed his coat to enjoy the sunshine! Where Wind had tried to use brute strength to force what it wanted, Sun worked persuasively, drawing the man towards what it wanted.
God is like that with us. He won’t force His will on us, but will work with us. He loves us as we are right now – every part of us – but He wants to grow us, and develop us into healthy children of His. Ever wondered what people mean when they talk about being in a ‘relationship with God’? Well, that’s it!
What’s your response to that sort of love? Don’t just rely on Word 4U 2Day for your ‘daily God intake’. Let God’s Holy Spirit in on the action too. When we allow ourselves to be led by His Spirit, we enter a real conversation with God. ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’ (James 4:8 ESV). The more we give Him time and the more we draw near to hear His voice, the more we’ll come to realise there’s no friend closer.
This next series of readings is going to focus on the basics of our faith. Ask yourself, ‘am I in health?’ It’s helpful to see if we’re still functioning right on this basic level – the foundation of your relationship with God.