There is only ONE relationship in our lives and that relationship is with God. Sure, we interact with many people and situations every day. We have relations with loved ones, store clerks, and the like. Yes, we connect with people all the time, but the reality is that even with all these connections, there is only ONE relationship in them all—GOD. I know this might sound extreme and even crazy but it is nonetheless true. Life is about God, first, foremost and throughout the length of our days. God is at the center of every aspect of our lives and God is our only source for life. Everything that happens in this life is about God. Every interaction we have is about God. It’s about how He sees our circumstance and what He does within our lives.
Only One Relationship
This reality makes life about getting to know God and not man or even ourselves. Life is a continual dialog of getting to know Him. This is true whether or not we are listening. He is the Source and Focus of every step, every moment, and every interacting. It’s a progressive acquainting of us with Him. This life is designed for knowing Him more deeply and intimately in an increasing way.
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
Philippians 3:10-11 AMPC
God Said, There’s Only One Relationship
Early in my Christian life, God spoke this to me:
“I AM the seamless thread of your entire life. People will come and people will go, but I AM the One constant that includes them all. I AM your beginning and I AM your end. At the finish, all there will be is ME. This life is about Me!”
When I heard this I was both excited and daunted. Though I loved the fact that God was that involved and engaged with me, it seemed so extreme and unstable. I know that God being THE constant of life is as stable as you get, but to hear that no one else would be there as a constant was disconcerting. Who doesn’t want someone in his or her life to be faithful, constant, and present? I haven’t met anyone. But God was saying, as for any other person being my stability, there would be none but He and He alone.
Is this just about me? Am I an isolated case of God’s choosing? Nope, it’s the reality for all His children. Ultimately, this reality is for every human, whether we take notice of it or not. God is the center, and all our dealings are with Him, even if they are directed towards another. The fact remains: He is my great I AM and all of my life is about Him.
Nehemiah Had Only One Relationship
The other day I was reading Nehemiah and I realized he lived in this reality. I saw this clearly in his interaction with Artaxerxes. His speaking to the king was unto God and his interaction with the king was seen as a prayer to God. “With a prayer to the God of heaven, he replied” (to the king.) His speaking to the king was a prayer to God because there was none but God in Nehemiah’s life. People came and people went in his life but Nehemiah lived with God. He was aware of God first and foremost. Imagine that line being so clear in your life that even the words spoken to your authority would be received as to God. Wow!
Now again, I am not in a place of telling with this. I struggle with making relationships about others or myself all the time. But what I do have as an assurance is that my God is faithful and patient. And as I have recently said, He is willing to batter my heart unto Himself.