In the Scriptures below, we see two common ways people relate to God.
First, people may treat God as a cosmic bellboy, they ask for something and expect God to say yes to their want list.
Then they said to Him, “what shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
Jesus recognized that the crowd was looking for another free meal, not for Jesus himself.
Jesus answered them and said, Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
Jesus refused to allow people to use God for their own selfish purposes.
Second, when the crowd asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” they were trying to control God with a contract. I believe if they did the “requirement” they thought God was obligated to provide them with blessings and avert calamity. Jesus disallowed His listeners a “something-to-do” check list that would obligate God.
Jesus describes the third and life-giving way to “relate to God.”
1. Believe. That is, trust Jesus. It is not simply believing facts about Jesus, it is trusting Jesus with every life circumstance.
2. We trust Him to provide for our needs, to keep every promise recorded in scripture and to empower us to walk obediently to His commands as He transforms us into holy people.
Heavenly Father, I commit this day to trust You with all my circumstances and ask that Your will, not mine be done. Thank you for Your faithfulness in fulfilling all Your promises in Jesus. In His precious name. Amen.