Introduction: Relationship with God
During this series of articles I will be talking about God from a Biblical perspective. Introducing how God desires a relationship with us and how that same desire is also evident in how humans interact today. Continuing on to talk about who God is and how knowing God can directly affect our lives. From there I will talk about how God manifested Himself in the flesh and how He died so we could live, giving us a way of salvation. Concluding the series I will talk about the Biblical truth of the Oneness of God.
“That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.”
– 1 Kings 8:60 KJV
Human beings are perfectly designed around a desire to create and establish meaningful relationships. This assertion is made evident by simple observations one could make throughout their day. Social networks are at an all time high; Facebook now has a staggering 1.1 billion active users. Facebook has been able to capitalize off an innate desire within each of us, that being the desire of interaction. There is something deep within in us that longs for interaction with other people. God even professes this in Genesis 2:18.
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”
– Genesis 2:18 KJV
This desire runs deeper though than just a longing to establish great friendships. It’s even deeper than the desire to fall in love with a “Soul Mate” and live happily ever after. The natural yearning that is within each of us is actually a void made during the process of creation. The second chapter of Genesis documents in further detail the process of which Adam was created.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”
– Genesis 2:7 KJV
The Bible says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground…” this is a completely different process than the way every other living creature was made. God created everything else by simply speaking it into existence. Yet, when it came to making man the Bible says, “God formed man.”1 John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.” The same goes for the desire that we have for personal interaction, we have this longing because God was the first to interact with us. God easily could have just spoken Adam into existence. Yet, there is a disconnection that comes with simply speaking at something. In the process of formation God had to touch the dirt and bring it together. It is a common sales tactic to get someone to touch the product; because the salesman knows once a person has touched the product it is much harder to turn down.
Even though God had touched and formed Adam there was still a void within Him that had not yet been filled, that was the breath of God inside of him. When God breathed into Adam He caused life to flow into Adam’s body. This entire process of formation and breathing life into Adam birthed a desire for inaction with God. As stated previously, we long for personal interaction because God formed us by interaction. This desire we have is to establish a deeper relationship with Him.
This brings us back to 1 Kings 8:60, “That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.” It is God’s desire that everyone on earth knows His voice and knows who He is. Just like in any good friendship one must at some point be introduced to who God is. The next article will go into further detail about what the Bible has to say about God.