Let’s face it, having a relationship with someone who’s invisible, isn’t easy. In fact, it takes a considerable amount of faith to believe He even exists. I’m referring to God of course. The Creator of the heavens and universe, the Maker of all life. However, move from acknowledging He exists to having a full on relationship with Him, and it’s easy to get lost or confused. In this post, we’ll talk about how to know God and His desire for your life.
Knowing the invisible
Perhaps you have given up on getting to know God, maybe more than once. You thought you were wasting your time or backslid so far you wondered if He existed at all.
Do you remember the old TV commercial that asked, “What are you hungry for when you don’t know what you’re hungry for?” The answer? A Ritz cracker, naturally.
I’m not suggesting our desire to know an omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent God could be likened to a simple, physical craving. However, there are some parallels.
If you have ever experienced hunger or a longing from within the innermost part of your soul, but you didn’t know what it was, perhaps you can relate? Maybe you’ve had a “knowing” there was someone outside your realm of familiarity who was grander than anything you could comprehend? Or how about a desire to understand the meaning of life; where you came from and where you are going?
What do you hunger for?
If you have lived for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly learned valuable principles such as 1) life can be difficult, and 2) true contentment is never the product of acquiring things. So, what is the answer?
Perhaps what each of us, whether young or old, rich or poor, male or female, deeply longs for is but one thing. Regardless of whether or not we can name it, describe it, or point to it. The ‘thing’ every man, woman, and child recognizes as an emptiness within, is the need for an intimate and ongoing relationship with our Maker; the Creator of everything we can see and all that we can’t—the Architect of life Himself.
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The goodness of God
Early one morning in prayer as I knelt on my living room floor, I struggled to connect with the Lord. I closed my eyes tightly and tried to be still. Suddenly, I heard three distinct sentences; principles that would serve to establish and guide my faith from that point on.
Listed below, are the same principles in the very order I received them; each although infinite in scope, offers a relevant and timely revelation:
1. “I Am for you, not against you.”
Often, we overcome one difficulty just to discover the next. As a result, it would be easy to attribute all things from natural disasters to the ills of the human condition, to a “higher power” who’s mean and rules with an iron fist. However, such characteristics cannot be attributed to our heavenly Father. Truths, which are plainly revealed in Scripture.
- Jeremiah 29 in the Message says it this way: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen” (vs. 11-12).
- “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
2. “The very same resurrection power I used to raise Jesus from the dead, resides inside of you.”
- “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater that he who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4).
- “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6).
3. “I’ve given My angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways.”
- “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep yo in all your ways” (Ps. 91:1,11).
- “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:6,7).
How might these principles change your thinking and therefore your relationship, with your heavenly Father?