How do I get closer to God?
In some ways a relationship with God is very much like the relations we have with others. My experience in life has taught me that if I want to get closer to another person I must devote additional time to them. This may mean doing things with them that I wouldn’t necessarily choose to do myself.
Recently my wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. After eating at a nice restaurant, Lani asked me if I wanted to go to a movie. Now I don’t get into TV or movies – it’s just not my thing. I could live the rest of my life not watching movies and never miss them. Kinda like broccoli. I know – I’m weird that way.
Anyway I said “Let’s drive by the theatre and see what’s playing.” I knew she’d be familiar with the current movies and probably had one in mind. She picked a romantic comedy and we went in and watched it. Why aren’t romantic comedies funny? Anyway…
That was time I spent for our relationship. I would not have chosen that for myself. When in relationship you have two unique personalities acting and reacting together. For closeness to develop time must be devoted to each other.
What does this have to do with getting closer to God? Relationship with God works the same way.
If you want to get closer to God then you need to spend some time with God.
This may mean choosing to do some things you may not ordinarily choose.
I can tell you that to get closer to God you will need to spend some time in stillness.
It’s kind of funny that often the activities we think ought to bring us closer may often do the opposite. When we become aware of this we can begin to discover which activities actually do produce the closeness we desire.
One of the best ways to find out what will bring closeness is to ask! We’ve covered various aspects of communicating with God throughout this site.
Still yourself and ask God “What can I do to get closer to you?”
That may seem obvious – but the answer may not!
You see you must truly still yourself. Part of stillness is giving up your own ideas. So when you ask that question in stillness – you’re giving up your preconceived notions about what may bring you closer to God. Once you clear out your own ideas you create the space for God to answer you.
While God asks us to do specific things at times – for myself closeness really comes from investing time – quiet time – time in stillness – in that time instruction and inspiration comes – and I know that God and I are enjoying the relationship I seek!