Life is a Journey of Faith Opened to a Renewed Relationship with God Part I


How do We Come to Know and Trust God With All of Our Hearts?

Allow Your Faith to be Tested: Daniel 6:1-28

Never forget Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Finding My Story in God’s Story by James Nored & Phil Ware

The language is as beautiful as it is mysterious:

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away (Genesis 5:24).

What does that mean?

It means that our journey to God begins with our adventures with God! We start out walking with God, following his lead and learning to know him — not just know about him. Then, one day we look up and realize that we are now closer to God’s home than we are to anywhere else. The Father then says to us, “My friend, we’re closer to my place than we are to yours. Why don’t you just come home and stay with me… forever?”

Life is a journey. We are not sure of our immediate destination or the path we will travel to get there. When we share the adventures of our life with God — “walk with God” — because we believe that at the end of our journey we will end up being with God. To truly know God, to journey to God, we have to journey with God. That’s what James’ video is about today — Abraham’s journey to God:

When Abraham set out to journey to God’s unnamed destination, Abraham had no idea where that journey would take him. Still, no matter where Abraham went, he built altars to God, he trusted that God was with him, and believed that God would bring him safely to his new home. The few exceptions were nearly disastrous. Even then, even in Abraham’s failures, God was faithful. As long as Abraham was journeying with God, he was assured that he would arrive at his destination in God!

When we journey with God, we pursue a relationship with God and life consistent with God. That’s why we earnestly pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven

(Matthew 6:9-10).

We want our lives to reflect the reality God wants to bring to life in our world in his kingdom. As friends of God (John 15:15), we want to be open to God’s leading and committed to God’s way of life. We want our heart to be a hospitable home to God. We want our values to reflect the character and compassion of God. Then we can live each day knowing that God will go with us and will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

But, how can we know that God is with us on our journey?

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