How Relationship Strengths Relate to our Relationship with God

We each relate to others differently. Maybe you love thoughtful conversations. Maybe you are good at figuring out what other people are thinking or what they want. Maybe you don’t talk much to others, but communicate through actions.

I’m laying this out to make a point. Whatever your strengths in relating to people, they were given to you by God. But here’s the thing: we can use them not only to understand and know people better, but also to know God better.

If you are great at picking up what people want or are feeling, are you as sensitively attuned to what God wants? Or would it take a burning bush for Him to get your attention?

If you can dive into a deep topic of conversation, is your prayer life equally thoughtful? Or is it filled with pleasantries, stand-by phrases, and platonic statements?

If you are great at doing things for others, do you put effort into doing things for God? Or are the things you do for Him rushed and incomplete?

Whatever your strengths in relationships, apply them to your relationship with God. Interestingly, when we choose to pursue God in this way and in others, we find that He is actually easier to get to know than people are. (Understanding Him is a different matter . . . He is transcendent, after all.) Unlike people, God never conceals His nature or will from us. He revealed Himself to us and wants us to keep learning more about Him. He gave you these strengths so you could deepen relationships. Use them to deepen your relationship with God.

Why We Face Trials

Why do we face trials in our lives? We know that God is good and that He invariably does what is best for us, so how is it that trials and challenges benefit us spiritually?

Take a second and think about one of the greatest stories you’ve ever read (or seen in a movie). What made it great? These elements were certainly a huge part of it:

-Story was shaped by real conflict that profoundly affected the characters’ lives

-A satisfying resolution, probably one that gave you a sense of victory won and challenges overcome

-Character development and character growth

Any storyteller knows that there must be conflict in order for a plot to exist. Now, God is the Author of life itself. He is the Master Storyteller. And the story He’s writing? Your life.

There must be conflict for there to be a resolution. When trials exist in our lives, we have the opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness in those trials, and afterwards to experience His greatness when we emerge victorious through Christ. If you are surrendered to God and walking with Him, then every challenge is a future victory to look forward to.

Storytellers also know that conflict provides an opportunity for character development. It gives the character a chance to respond, to learn, and to grow. God does the same thing through conflict, and the character He’s developing is your character. Through trials, you will learn and grow in ways that you couldn’t have without them.

It’s an incredible story He’s writing, isn’t it?