Witnessing the activity of God is not the same as being connected with God. One day the prophet Elijah witnessed a strong force of nature that was certainly caused by God, but he learned that God was not in those events. It was when the storm passed and all was silent that Elijah encountered God.
Listen as Pastor Casey cautions us not to mistake the activity of God around our life for a relationship with God in our life. God will use events to get your attention so that he can have a friendship with you. Watch for God’s presence so that you can lean into a relationship with him.
Christianity happens in relationship. You start by entering a relationship with God and this in turn welcomes you into relationship with people. Relationships can be difficult to create and maintain, but they are easier when you first learn how God sees you. You learn about yourself by getting to know God. Once you learn who you were created to be, building and growing relationships with other people takes on a whole new adventure.
Listen as Casey points you to the key of relationship growth.
On Father’s Day, Rod encouraged us to honor our fathers. This can be difficult for many people due to broken relationships with their fathers. Regardless of past wrongs, God still wants children to honor their father. For the father wanting to instill an attitude of honor in their children, we are reminded that love is spelled T-I-M-E because rules without relationship leads to rebellion. That children and wives want face to face time with their dad and husband. That fathers are to partner with their child’s mother in raising their kids and not abandon child rearing to mom alone.
Whatever your relationship may be with your father or your child, it’s not too late for a child to begin to show honor to their dad. It’s not too late for a father to ask forgiveness and begin to rebuild a relationship. The call to honor doesn’t require that we first have a good feeling about our fathers, it simply starts with obedience and often times the feeling of love and honor will follow some time afterwards.