Day 16 Devo - The Personal God

We've learned that God wants to have a personal relationship with us through Jesus Christ.  A personal relationship is a relationship between persons.  The reason we can have a personal relationship with God is because God is a Person.  A.W. Tozer explained this in his book "The Pursuit of God":

"God is a person, and in the deep of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires, and suffers as any other person may.  In making Himself known to us He stays by the familiar patters of personality.  He communicates with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills,  and our emotions.  The continuous and unembarrassed  interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed person is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.

To develop a personal and intimate relationship with God, we must get to know how He thinks, wills and feels.  As we draw closer to Him, we will find ourselves starting to think more as He thinks, desire  more what He desires, and feel more what He feels.  We will certainly experience new feelings of love, joy,  and peace, but we will also find ourselves sharing the great pain that God feels for His lost children who have rejected Him.  As we begin to experience God's great love for all His children, we will also begin to realize how deeply God suffers when His children experience pain.  He rejoices and suffers with us in everything we endure, just as the truest and closest friend would.

Point to Ponder:

Knowing that God is much more greater than us in every way, it's sometimes difficult to imagine that He feels joy, desire, and pain as we do.  Because God deeply desires for us to have a personal relationship with Him, He has revealed His Personhood to us in the only way we could truly understand - as a man.  In Jesus Christ we see the infinite love and mercy of our Father.  We see the true holiness of the One and Only.  We also see the pain and suffering of our Faithful Friend.  Those who want to truly know God will also know His love, His holiness and His pain.