Tonight is 'Date Night' in the Trimble home and I'm really looking forward to spending time with my wife. Good marriages don't just happen. They are the result of two people intentionally investing in their relationship. One of the the things that I ask most couples when counseling them is how often they 'go out' and far too many times they are puzzled and reply, "On a date?". Yes! A date! If you want a marriage that lasts you must continually spend time getting to know one another. I know more about Kathy than ever but I'll also join the chorus of men who claim to not understand women. So I keep working on it and part of that process is reserving time for 'Date Night'.
Likewise, It is extremely important that we continue finding time to spend with God in order to maintain a good relationship with Him. He know us completely! He knew us before we were even formed in our mother's womb. He took inventory and counted our fingers and toes even before our mothers held us and did the same inventory (Psalm 139:15-17). He even has the hairs of our head numbered (Matthew 10:29-31). God is omniscient, all-knowing! We are not, so we must pursue God and the knowledge of God. I want to know Him more and more and more. In order for me to do that I must preserve time for me to spend with Him.
Listen to the Apostle Paul's desire to know God better and then consider that Paul who penned 2/3rds of the New Testament still desired to know Christ better.
"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead." Philippians 3:8-11
Think about Moses statement in the following verse...He said that he had found favor in the Lord's eyes, but still requested God to show him His ways so that he would know Him and continue to find favor in God's eyes.
"Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight..." Exodus 33:13
Don't ever stop working on your relationships! Set aside time to develop them more fully.