Let’s Get Acquainted

Getting acquainted with someone is doing the work of getting to know that individual personally.  It means to become familiar with the details of he/she and actively pursue closeness or intimacy.  I understand that the title, “Let’s Get Acquainted,” may feel like something you say after the first time of meeting someone, but there are times when this phrase is appropriate when it comes to those relationships that have allowed distance in between them for whatever reasons.

When you lose touch with friends from high school or college, you many think of getting reacquainted.  You may even have a family member that you used to be very close to, but now, you don’t speak as often, so, you ponder reacquainting.  What if the distance is between you and God?  You know what I believe He’s saying?  “Let’s get acquainted.”

As Christians, we don’t anticipate losing touch with Jesus Christ, anymore than we expect to lose touch with our spouses, but it happens.  And in both cases, we must acquaint ourselves all over again.  I promise you, if you acquaint yourself with the Lord, all other relationships will fall into order.

In Job 22, one of Job’s friends, Eliphaz the Temanite is admonishing him concerning his attitude towards God and his current condition.  Even with his criticism of Job, Eliphaz does provide encouragement to Job.  He says: Acquaint now yourself with Him [agree with God and show yourself to be conformed to His will] and be at peace; by that [you shall prosper and great] good shall come to you (verse 21).

Eliphaz was telling Job to acquaint himself with God.  It’s not like Job didn’t already know God.  Remember when Satan told God that he had been going to and fro on the earth and walking up and down it.  Then, God said to him, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who [reverently] fears God and abstains from and shuns evil [because it is wrong] (Job 1:7-8 AMP)? So, Job knew God and God knew him, but sometimes when God’s plans require suffering and loss, we may not be as acquainted with God and His will as we once were before the suffering and loss.

Isn’t that what happens when we disagree or we think something should be one way verses the other person’s way that we’re in relationship with.  The disagreement can be so strong that it causes separation.   An example is when Paul and Barnabas were preaching and teaching together, and Barnabas wanted to bring along John to help spread the gospel, but Paul did not agree that they should bring him.  The scripture tells us in Acts 15:39 (AMP): And there followed a sharp disagreement between them, so that they separated from each other, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.

The separation can start out slow, and continue, until there is what seems to be a great chasm.  The moment we realize this distance, we must quickly return back to Him.  Regardless of our own plans or how we thought things should have worked.   Romans 8:35, 38-39(AMP) says, “Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love?  Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation?  Or calamity and distress?  Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?”  38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, 39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sometimes getting acquainted with someone you lost touch with can feel awkward.  Especially depending on the reason you lost touch in the first place, but when that someone is God, I dare you to be awkward and make the first move.  And see won’t God just like the prodigal’s father, see you even while you are still a long way off and move with compassion to embrace and kiss you (Luke 15:20).

Be blessed!