January 21

Personal God

But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.”
PSALM 31:14

God is accessible and personal to those who call on His name by faith. He’s not aloof, but engaging. God governs the universe while also taking time for those who come to Him. Trust in Him is a ticket to a personal relationship with Him. Trust is a bridge of belief that spans the canyon of a Christless life. It’s when we trust Him that we’re positioned to know Him. Relationship without trust is incapable of intimacy. When we know Him, we trust Him.
Adversity and challenges great or small compete with our trust in God. When it seems like our brand of Christianity isn’t working, we’re tempted to give up. We want to rebrand God to fit our selfishness. Since He’s personal, we expect Him to bend toward our immature behavior. But we cannot give up on God. Christians will let us down, but not Jesus. Christ’s care is personal and persevering. He’s not going anywhere. We can laugh with the Lord as well as cry with Him.

“The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer” (Psalm 6:9).

He is “my God” in the sense that He’s my heavenly Father and I’m under His care and correction. In a similar way, others on earth serve as our mayor, governor, or president, and we’re under their authority; we submit to the laws of the land for the sake of the whole. And because God is our ultimate authority, we submit to Him. Our rights are relegated to what God says is right. He is personal.
Avoid mistrust, and embrace trust in the Lord. Doubt leads to death and trust leads to life. God is personal and trustworthy. Our personal prayers are directly to Him. When you don’t know what to pray, ask Him to align your heart with His so your desires become His desires. Intimacy with the Almighty leads to alignment with the Almighty. God gives us easy access so we can understand and apply His principles. He is personal for His purposes. So don’t shun seeking your Savior. He can be trusted. He’s your personal heavenly Father, for His glory!

“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).
What does the Lord’s personal care look like for my life? How can I grow deeper in relationship with Jesus?

Related Readings
2 Samuel 22:3; 1 Kings 5:4; Psalm 30:2; Matthew 27:46