Entries by YMI

5 Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with God

No relationship in our lives is more important than the one we have with our creator and purpose-giver. But just like any other relationship, we still go through ups and downs. How can we go about deepening our relationship with God? Here are a few quick ideas.

The Many Faces of God

Contemporary understandings of God are confused. We need to discover afresh the One who went to the most extraordinary lengths to make Himself known.

ODB: Feeling Small

September 19, 2019 

READ: Matthew 6:25–32 

What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:4

 

Many movie critics consider David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia one of the greatest films of all time. With its seemingly endless vistas of the Arabian deserts, it has influenced a generation of filmmakers—including Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg. “I was inspired the first time I saw Lawrence,” said Spielberg. “It made me feel puny. It still makes me feel puny. And that’s one measure of its greatness.”

What makes me feel small is creation’s vastness—when I gaze at an ocean, fly over the polar ice cap, or survey a night sky sparkling with a billion stars. If the created universe is so expansive, how much greater must be the Creator who spoke it into being!

God’s greatness and our feelings of insignificance are echoed by David when he declares, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” (Psalm 8:4 nlt). But Jesus assures us, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26).

I may feel small and insignificant, but through my Father’s eyes, I have great worth—a worth that is proven every time I look at the cross. The price He was willing to pay to restore me to fellowship with Him is evidence of how He values me.   

— Bill Crowder

What wonder of creation draws your attention to God? How does it impact you to know how much your Creator values you? 

Father, help us to remember Your heart is for us. Read The Surprising Side of God at discoveryseries.org/q0213.
   

The Gratitude Test

How do you discover God’s will in disputable matters? How do you make a decision on whether or not to do something when even mature Christians disagree over it?