by Rick Warren — August 7, 2022
From Awesome Relationships
“Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.”
Psalm 25:14 (TLB)
If you want to build a deep relationship with God, you have to slow down and be quiet.
Friendship with God is like any other friendship—you have to make time for it. If you don’t make time for your human friends, they’re not really your friends. You make time for your friends. If God is going to be your best friend, you’ve got to give him your best time.
The Bible says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
To know God better, you have to be still—so you need to have a daily quiet time with him.
Psalm 25:14 says, “Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises” (TLB).
Many people don’t know God. They haven’t experienced God’s love. They don’t know why he does what he does. Yet the Bible says that friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him—in other words, those who slow down and spend time with him.
What would a friendship be like if you never invested your time in it? Friendships need attention. You will never know God intimately if you only go to church services.
You’ve got to read God’s Word and ask him, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” You don’t have to use any fancy phrases or words. Just talk to him authentically. And then listen!
The Bible says it like this: “When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production . . . Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (Matthew 6:5-6 The Message).
Slow down today, focus on God, and listen as he speaks to you about his grace.