Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises. My eyes are ever looking to the Lord for help, for he alone can rescue me. (Psalm 25:14-15)
The truths of God's Word are not easily understood by those who have yet to say 'yes' to Jesus. These truths are opened to us as we walk alongside him and learn of him. Don't friends walk alongside each other, giving a little of themselves here and there, each investing in the relationship? Do you think God would expect anything less of those who enter into relationship with him?
Reverence him - hold him in the highest regard, but not like an idol on a pedestal. We reveal this reverence by our obedience to his Word - what he asks of us, we do. We don't baulk at it but embrace it as truth that has one purpose - to set us free. The secrets of God's promises are understood best where purposeful obedience is the choice.
Ellen G. White puts it this way: "God's promises are all on condition of humble obedience." In other words, where there is obedience, good things happen. I like what she says about a quiet mind: "A person whose mind is quiet and satisfied in God is in the pathway to health." How's your mind today? Quiet and satisfied in God? If not, what stands in the way of that quietness and deep satisfaction?
When you can begin to answer those questions, you are on the path that turns you toward obedience more often than not. When you know what keeps you from quietness of mind, you usually can begin to see what interferes with your obedience! Those 'disquieting' thoughts are not just bothersome, they are 'obedience blockers'. Deal with them, get quiet before God, and then when you do rise to walk again, do it with him alongside! Just sayin!
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