” 7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you .8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Even more so than just seeking God’s forgiveness, we need to get into a habit of seeking the entirety of God Himself. Why? Because God isn’t just a god who is far away, some being who creates rules and expectations we have to try to meet. God is a God of intimacy. He wants a relationship with us. If you think about it, all other world religions have the first “god” I described. It’s humanity trying to build a ladder to “god”. True, real Christianity, however, is the living God reaching down to humanity. We need to seek Him because He seeks us. Romans 5:8 says that “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners”. Did you see that?
WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS.
Before we even had a thought about turning to God, He loved us so much to the point of death! So there’s the WHY we need to seek God. The Perfect One, who created everything you see, who gives you breath to get up in the morning, wants to have a personal close intimate relationship with you. With me.
Why is it hard for people to feel like this relationship is real? Communication. Humans are built for communication. Relationships are built on, and fall apart because of, communication. For example. My girlfriend lives a half hour away from me. Because of schedules and things, I don’t get to see her that often. It’s about once or twice a week. Therefore we need to be able to communicate! We talk almost constantly-and it’s not all the lovey dovey couples crap. we just talk throughout the day. I’ve seen what happens when there is a lack of communication-it causes separation.
I’m going to say that again.
Lack of communication causes separation.
And it did. We had to sit down and talk things out to figure out what was really going on, and how we could fix it. On the other side, when we are able to communicate things go much better. Even if the issue hurts a little bit, it’s so much better because we can address the issue and the needs for this relationship and continue to grow.
It is the EXACT same way with God. A lack of communication with God results in a separation from Him-not on His part, because He doesn’t leave us. Rather, we drift farther and farther away. We start to seek after other things because we don’t have the closeness with the Lord. We either then fall away completely or begin “Playing the game”, going through the motions. Isaiah 29:13 states this:
“And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.”
When we don’t communicate and talk with our Lord, we become like an empty shell. There’s no real life behind the things we do. Conversely, when we do have that relationship with God, we are full of life and we are able to hear His voice and see His doings much more clearly. Then, we can live our days in the joy that God is with us! Because while God is always there, we have a part to play as well. That’s why it’s becoming more important for me to daily reflect, meditate, talk to, pray to, think about, praise, etc…the Lord. I want to develop that intimacy in our relationship because I want to KNOW Him. Not just on an intellectual level. I want to know the God who decided I was important enough to die for. Who spoke the universe into existence, who breathes and leaves a trail of galaxies*. I want to know who this great terrible wonderful mysterious all powerful being is who made me! Who saved me from being the wretch I am to someone who stands tall and is confident in my place in life.
“1 As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?”
This needs to be the cry of our…and my own heart. A unyielding desire to be able to be in the presence of our Lord. We need to be seeking after God with EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE because THAT is the price we pay to follow Him. It costs nothing to come into the Kingdom of God. Salvation is free. But to follow hard after Christ requires we give up everything to Him as He gave up everything to us. We need to want to know our God. It is SO important that daily we make time for Him. Even just starting with 5 minutes to pray in the morning. If you stay disciplined enough to do that, watch it grow. 10 minutes. 15. A half hour. My style in writing these blogs is changing. Each day I’m rummaging though more Scripture, praying more, talking to God. He’s on my mind during the days now more too! This relationship is two things.
1) The most important one you will ever have in your life. More than your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, co-worker, cat, best friend, boss, etc…fill in the blank. He is worthy of our time and effort and entire lives!
2) It’s not a one way street. Christ didn’t die just so you could continue living as is. He died so you would have a way to be able to be a part of the family of God! But that only works if you are willing, to daily die to yourself, take up your cross, and follow Him. Talk with God. Cry if you have to, yell if you have to, sing laugh dance pray write. Whatever helps you to best talk with and continue that relationship with the Lord, DO IT. It will be the best thing you ever do and will show itself in ways you cannot begin to imagine.
If you love somebody you talk to them, right? You get to know them. Their likes, dislikes, hopes, fears, dreams, quirks. Annoying habits you have to learn to put up with. In the same way, yet on a bigger scale, If you love God you need to talk to Him as well. Get to know the Lord you serve. Get to know the Christ who died for you. Know what He wants, His loves, His dislikes, His plans for you, His ways in life and in your life. Tomorrow we’ll look at one way to continue that relationship-staying in the Word of God.
~Michael Wright, Jr.~
*a lyric from the song by Natalie Grant, “Alive”. I just love it. The first part goes “Who but you, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies..and dream of me?”. Beautifully put! Just needed to give credit where it is due!