The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
The relationship between the heart and the lips is a powerful connection.
If your heart isn’t truly positioned, then the words are meaningless and shallow.
How often has someone said something to you and you could feel that it was perfectly false? In the South they say “ Oh, bless your heart” when really they don’t mean that at all.
Now imagine how God feels when you say “I love you God, thank you, you’re the best, etc,” when in reality your heart isn’t truly in it. Those words are empty. Maybe you’re distracted by scrolling on your phone while you’re talking to God. You’re not engaging with Him.
Here’s a thought. Treat your relationship with God like you would as if He were your best friend in the room. Would you lie to Him, dream with Him, make eye contact with Him, or completely ignore Him?
If you feel like God isn’t in the room with you, or you feel like he isn’t real, take a moment and reflect on how you have been treating Him. Have you been speaking to Him, or cursing Him, or spending time with Him? If you treated your best friend the way you treat God, do you think you would really be best friends?
Do you constantly yell, curse, say negative things to your best friend? If you do, that’s not a healthy way to communicate. That’s not sustainable. If you did that to your husband or wife, you’d be divorced within the year.
The good news is, God has a lot of love and patience for you. For all of us. He loves you more than you realize. He doesn’t want to lose you. He wants to rescue you, to love you, to give you hope and encouragement and gifts.
It’s a two-way relationship but you gotta start with a hello and get to know the guy. Ask Him questions. Listen to Him. Celebrate his work. Bring Him true gifts of praise and worship. Share your dreams, hurts, and passions with Him. He wants to hear them, but remember, you’re not the only one in the relationship. He’s there too. Talk to Him. Treat Him like you would your best friend. Don’t just bring your words, bring your heart.