And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely
become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I
have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that
they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to
Abraham what He has spoken to him."
It's a shame, but some people think they can get to know God by taking drugs. One person wrote
to a religious columnist that drugs should be legalized because he felt close to God when he
But drugs are dangerous to a person's physical and mental health, and they are not a pipeline to
God. What a person experiences while under the influence of drugs does not originate with God.
Abraham had an intimate relationship with God and he used no mood-altering stimulants to get
it. God made a conscious choice not to hide anything from Abraham. There were no secrets
Furthermore, it was a relationship based on mutual trust. God said, "For I have known him."
God knew everything about Abraham—past, present and future— and loved him anyway.
We can enjoy this same intimacy. God revealed everything we need to know about Him in the
Bible. He took the initiative to clear away the stumbling blocks of sin by offering His Son as our
Savior. There is nothing that He desires more than to have an intimate relationship with us.
Now it's time for you to do your part. Be as open with God as He is with you. Set aside time to
get to know Him better. Seek Him daily in the Scriptures. Speak with Him often through prayer.
Look for His guidance in your life. The result will be an intimacy that no drug can ever produce.
AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS BASED ON CHARACTER, NOT