Take a few minutes to think of all the people with whom you have relationships.
Relationships with parents.
Relationships with siblings.
Relationships at school.
Relationships with friends.
While these relationships matter, I want to talk about the most important relationship you will enter. This relationship will define and guide every relationship you have in life.
A Relationship Like No Other
You may have been a Christian for many years or not know much about this whole God thing. Regardless of where you’ve been, I want you to go on a path that leads you to good things.
God doesn’t force Himself on anyone or make people love Him; He wants us to do that willingly and then receive all He offers. So what does a relationship with God mean for us?
The Bible offers hundreds of promises for those that have a relationship with Him. Here are some of my favorites:
He is always with you.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed, for LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9).
He has a good plan for your life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).
He will supply all your needs.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).
He doesn’t hold anything back from those who are saved.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:11).
He gives wisdom when you need it.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).
He will guide your path.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Prov. 3:5–6).
He takes away your worry if you let Him.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).
He promises you peace if you live according to His Word.
Great peace have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble (Ps. 119:165).
He provides safety for your soul.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe (Prov. 18:10).
He is with you in hard times.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me (Ps. 138:7).
He will deliver you from fear.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me mand delivered me from all my fears (Ps. 34:4).
He gives you peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
He is working all things to your good.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28).
God’s Promises and You
Do you struggle with feeling not good enough? Not pretty enough? Not loved enough? Do you lay awake at night with worry about what’s coming? Do you worry about your future, your boyfriend, your siblings? Do you worry if your parents will have enough to pay the bills next month?
Do you think about what others think of you? Do you obsess over other’s reactions or not fitting in? Do you have a sin that is currently controlling your life that you just can’t seem to break away from?
If so, God’ promises are there to help remind you that He is with you no matter what you may be facing. He loves you, and there is no problem too big for Him. When your relationship with Him is at the center of your life, you can have peace in the midst of life’s storm. Your relationship with Him is truly a relationship like no other.
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