Getting familiar with God simply means that your knowledge of Him is limited to what you have seen Him do and not what His Word says He is able to do. Remember the watchword of Faith is believe and see, however you limit God to how He has moved in your life and in the lives of others. Being familiar also means restricting the operation of God to one particular dimension. Second guessing God’s move in your life creates frustration, loss of vision and a negative impact on your faith walk. Life seems to be going on in cycles of despair as you struggle with seeing God in a certain way. God says His ways are not ours. He has told us specifically in His word that He does not operate one way, we should never second guess His move.
Can you imagine if Joshua expected God to work the same way as He did with Moses in the crossing of the Red Sea when the Israelites reached the River Jordan? Joshua would have been hitting that River Jordan with the rod all he wanted and that River would have still continued rushing past. God asked that they wade into a rushing river with a flooded riverbank, with those carrying the Ark going in first (Joshua 3), only then did the River start an upward journey away from where they stood, there was no dramatic parting, just Joshua’s obedience and faith in God, and a new move of God.
God is Sovereign! Believe Him! Never try to fix a pattern for God, be open to his leading and direction every time. Do not be trapped in the pattern of the familiar. If His mercies are new every morning, His word says He loads us daily with His benefits, then how can we restrict Him to one-way movement? Repent of the familiar today. Like a child, come to God today with a heart that says I’m eager to know you more, to trust you, to surrender and submit to your will and see Him move in glorious ways you can never ever imagine He is able to do.