As I was pondering and praying about several different things recently, God gave me a thought. It was the sentence that is the title of this post. “Until the relationship is right, nothing else will be”.
This thought, I believe, is a very powerful truth that is worth investigating. Relationships are essential to our well-being and we were created to be in a right relationship with our Heavenly Father. This is the first and most important relationship that we should pursue but we must also, as much as it is in our power to do so, seek to have right relationships with those around us.
There is a temptation, when we think of the suffering and the various trials that the people we care about go through, to pray for their problems to be solved and their suffering to end. And it is the same with the trials that we face, to pray that God would solve them for us and to get us to a place where we aren’t suffering anymore.
But is that the right prayer? Is that really the best prayer we could be praying? Is that what God would have us ask? I believe, based on our key thought, that what we should be praying for is that our loved ones always be found in a right relationship with God first and other folks second. This is the order that we have to get right before God can make anything else in our lives truly right.
And then we can pray, either on their behalf or our own, that we all be drawn closer to God and more fully in to His provision and wisdom for our lives. Seek Him first, make Him the center and place Him as Lord over all. Then and only then can He set right what we so often get wrong. Our God wants to fight our battles for us and stands ready to do so. But only after we have acknowledged His Lordship and His Godhood and His desire to be our closest friend and savior can we overcome that which holds us back.
Once we have that right relationship with our Heavenly Father He can grant us His perspective and He will use those trials and circumstances to bear fruit for His kingdom. Through us, His Word can be made real in our world and in the lives of those we know and love.