Daily Bible Inspirations

Take God Personally

by John Michalak

But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you! Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Your walls are continually before me.

Isaiah 49:14-16

Has someone ever said, “Don’t take this personally, but…”? And, then they’ll critique something about your behavior. But, in order to make the correction, you probably should take it personally as the change will affect who you are as a person.

When God says something, we should take it personally. But, mostly, we should take God personally. Christians too often approach God less as a person and more like an administrative office, fulfilling various requests.

But, Scripture declares a deeply personal God who seeks us in the most personal ways imaginable. Isaiah says that God is even more nurturing, more full of personal compassion than a nursing mother.

So, our chief pursuit in life shouldn’t be getting what we want, it should be seeking God personally, directly, intimately. Where He is our first and last thought. Where our trust in His care for us is as natural to us as breathing.

In this, we won’t get what we want. We’ll get what we most dearly need.

Pray: Lord, I commit myself today to You, person to person. Fill me with Your heart of love and truth.