In a society that has consumerism and transactional mindsets deeply embedded, we need to realise that the nature of God offers something more appealing for our relationships. His desire to accommodate for us to make our relationship with Him work is both humbling, radical, and more fulfilling than the examples we often come across.
When I became a Christian, I became involved in churches that placed a lot of
For me, the Bible shouldn’t be seen as an instruction manual. I learnt that it is more exciting than that. While we can’t talk about every aspect, one of the ways I now see the Bible is as a record of God stepping into human history, into our story, making himself known and changing our story for the better.
Stepping into the realness of his creation, trying to connect which humanity as a whole and with individuals.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence
This idea I have is highlighted even more so when people ask me about my ‘favourite verse’.
I must admit, I always find it a bit strange when Christians ask me what my favourite Bible verse is. Partly because we need to remember it’s a whole book. However, I do understand that there are parts we may be drawn to, or feel like certain parts really teach us something that we need to read and remind ourselves of again and again. A ‘favourite’ section.
In this sense, I’m always drawn to a random one in Amos 9:7, as well as a fairly well-known verse in Hebrews 4:14-16:
‘Are not you Israelites, the same to me as the Cushites?’ declares the Lord. ‘Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?’
‘Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Everyone Is Important
The reason Amos speaks to me is because God is talking to Israel, His special people, but is reminding them that He is working and helping other people too. He’s reaching out and stepping into other nation’s stories, nations that Israel often despised and hated.
God is reminding them that everyone is important to Him, and He’s actively trying to form relationships with all people.
He is the God who is helping and reaching out to others too
This verse is even more striking because when God says ‘Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt’, he is referring to the exodus, when God freed his special people from slavery; a crucial event that’s an absolutely fundamental part of Israel’s faith, their understanding of God, and what their relationship with him looked like.
Yet God is saying he did the same thing for other people. He is the God who is helping and reaching out to others too. Everyone matters and God doesn’t just want to reach some, so He helps other nations in their specific contexts also.
Door Wide Open
However, God isn’t just trying to reach people. The ultimate truth and joy for Christians is that Jesus made access to God guaranteed and opened the door.
As the Hebrews verse says, he can empathise with our weakness. Why? Because Jesus, God the Son, stepped down into human history. He stepped down into our story and became totally submerged in it. He is a God who is involved.
Not only that, but he made it possible for us to access the throne room; to connect with God himself because of what God did on the cross. We can approach with confidence and ask for help from the God who loves us and steps in and reaches out to people.
He made it possible, he came to us and made accommodations for us, for everyone in fact. (Read The Four Words Spoken By Jesus You Need To Hear)
Lots more could be said about God and these verses which we can’t do justice to in a short blog. However, what we see is an all-powerful God who doesn’t need to help us, stepping out of his comfort zone anyway in order to reach people.
God makes accommodations, and
In a culture where we individuality and getting what you want is held up above all else, the idea of accommodating for other people by being forgiving, going out of your way to help, actively making sacrifices for others, can be seen as weakness or being soft.
Relationships take sacrifice and accommodation, and we see God acting this way and asking us to do the same
I’ve written before about the importance of relationships (Read Reflecting God’s Image Is Found In
Relationships take sacrifice and accommodation, and we see God acting this way and asking us to do the same. Why? So that we can create relationships that are truly transforming.
The God who created us, who has our best intentions at heart, who leads by example, is asking us to form relationship with those around us, and look to what He has done for us as our main influence.
Imagine if we tried to approach our relationships in the same way. This simple but counter-cultural idea of accommodating to make relationships work, can radically change our relationships for the better. (Read Jesus And The Criminal: What This Teaches Us About Our Relationships)
What other ways do you see God accommodating in the Bible? Comments welcomed below
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