Relationship is one of those words that has to be defined in context because it has so many applications. We can talk about the relationship of one object to another, noting their size and similarities. We can see the relationship between our attitudes and our actions. When we feel good, we tend to do good things. When we don’t feel good, we look at the world through a different lens.

We also find ourselves in a variety of relationships with others. When we fall in love, we say we’re in a relationship. When we talk about family and friends, we are connected in ways that help us relate to each other, encourage each other and share the ups and downs of life. So, okay. We get all these things, but what is a relationship with God and why do we want one?

God made this promise to Noah. When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and I will remember the agreement that continues forever between me and every living thing on the earth.”  Genesis 9:16, NCV

Since an agreement can only happen when two people or entities choose to connect, that’s when a relationship is formed. God told Noah that he would keep His promise forever, that means even to our present age. From the very beginning, God had plans to help us, guide us, and bring us into relationship with Himself. He wanted us to know Him, and He wanted to know us as well. That’s what a relationship is all about. It’s a mutual decision to build awareness, connection, and support in every possible way. That’s what God does! That’s what He wants to do for you.

Let’s look at a few more benefits of a relationship with God. God knows you, down to the number of hairs on your head, and all your crazy idiosyncrasies, and He wants good things for you. He hears your prayers, comforts you in sorrow, and shines a light on your path so you can see where you should go. He holds you close and extends the continual gift of grace to cover your poor decisions, and mercy, to allow you to simply try again. When you walk away from Him, He stays near, giving you room to grow and discover more of who He really is. He forgives you more times than you can count, and heals you in mind, body, and spirit. The list is endless, but the understanding for us is this. The relationship we have with God makes all the difference in our daily lives and nothing can come between us except a bit of stubborn ego. 

When you need a hand to hold, a tender response to your crisis of the moment, or a sense that you are not alone in this world, you can turn to your relationship in Christ, and you’ll feel better in no time. If you’re still trying to do life all on your own, God is ready to begin a new relationship with you. I hear He’s having a “come as you are” party right now.