WE CANNOT DEVELOP a close relationship with God if we have a distorted image of God. If we think God is uninvolved in daily events, then we will not see God’s activity in what happens. If we see God as being very remote, then personal communication is impossible. If we perceive God as a judge whom we appease with good behavior or as a policeman who watches for our every offense, we will believe that God cannot love us.
God is far greater than anything we can imagine. Yet, through Jesus we can know the loving nature of our Creator. Scripture tells us God is love and that God delights in us. God comes to us and dwells in us.
– David Muyskens
Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God
From page 26 of Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2006 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
List some attributes of God. Share your thoughts.
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:13, NRSV
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