Casual Relationships vs Intimate Relationships

Do you know me? Here’s the truth…I guard and value my relationship with God above all other relationships and I will never be intimidated to stay quiet about it. Life goes on for me whether you agree with my daily post or not.

God has been too good to me for me to believe it was either by luck or by chance.

Some people may want to differ based on their personal experience with God…while others would agree with me that God is a good, good Father based on their personal experiences.

So what’s the difference between these two opinions….

Could it be that one has a casual relationship (friends with benefits) with God? Give me, give me, give me mentality.

While the other group has an intimate relationship (mutual trust, closeness, desire to share thoughts and feelings) and chooses to remain faithful to God whether He answer today or ten years later?

A casual relationship with God goes like this – ‘God, I’m in trouble today. I don’t have any money. Please send me money today. Amen’

An intimate relationship with God goes like this – ‘Dear God, you are a good, good Father. You know all so well when I am down and out, and when I’m doing well. My faith grows in the times when I can’t understand why things are the way they are, so please give me the strength to hold on and not to become discouraged. In Jesus Name, Amen’

The one difference between casual relationships and intimate relationships is, TRUST.

The people who know God will remain strong in faith and continue to do great things with or without our prayers being answered.

They choose not to go back and forth in their faith. They bring their case to God and wait on His timing. They don’t run away when God is silent.

God is interested in the details of our lives. He knows them long before we even said one word.

Have you ever wonder how acquaintances (a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend) expect to receive the same benefits like those who have an intimate relationship?

Relationships have it’s perks and benefits based on the investment of time, energy, and trust we put into them. Think of your own personal relationship with your spouse or partner or family member.

Some people’s relationship with God is a ‘give me relationship’.

Disappointments happen when you expect benefits in a casual relationship.

A casual relationship with God leads to doubt and worry and many times blaming God for their mess.

Trust is an important part of any healthy relationship and it’s no different with our relationship with God.

Trusting God means that you believe that God is reliable and you have the confidence that He will make perfect all that concerns you.

Jesus is undeniably the only answer to all of life’s issues. Without Him, we will continue to struggle with fear and disappointments.

Some people trust in humans, but others trust in the Name of the LORD. The decision is always a personal choice.

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