Recently I had the privilege to hear the personal testimony of a lady in our church. One thing that caught my attention was her admission that for the whole of her life she knew “there was something out there waiting to be discovered”. She meant God and the discovery of him was the one thing that filled the gap in her life that was unfulfilled for years until Jesus brought in the change through his sacrifice and his love.
As some scientists have put it, we humans seem to be wired up in such a way that our inner beings continuously scream for the presence of God.
Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 27:4 – 6 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
Even Richard Dawkins (famous atheist) admits that man is undeniably religious, though he claims that this is due to a mistake in genetic mutation that gives us no benefits or advantages to our survival.
One thing is definite though, that when we were created by God; he created a part of us which shouts for the presence of him. He did this so that we can look inside and see our desperate need for him.
When we rebel and deny him we suppress our most basic of needs and ignore the signs like loneliness, pain, shame, guilt and fear. These can only be overcome by God’s love. It’s the realization that our fallen nature and sin is what is keeping us apart from God.
From this realization on there can only be two distinct reactions.
1. We can deny his work in us, rebel and attempt to deny his existence in order to suppress God and push him out of our lives completely. We can pretend that God’s love is for the weak-minded and needy people, for the people who have no friends and lack clarity in their logic and are satisfied by self deception.
We can profess to posses a superior intelligence greater than the believers in God and welcome philosophical implications of the non-existence of God as we can unflinchingly remove him from his assumed position of worship and then take his place, but then, when no one is watching and we are on our own we can cry ourselves to sleep as there are no constants or absolutes. We become confused and scared as the meaning to life is lost and the reason to live proves to be illusive.
To quote Jean-Jacques Rousseau (he lived between 1712 – 1778 and was a French-speaking Swiss) “Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains”
Right and wrong: This is the world without God where right and wrong is acquired through democracy which can change from day to day according to who is elected and not on the unchangeable law of God.
In case you wonder what I’m talking about, it’s about the world view that one may hold i.e. rather than say “everything is relative” which is a famous misrepresentation of the Theory of Relativity (as the theory is based on the assumption that there is a constant speed of light) science is based on proving or disproving anything in nature through multiple tests that consistently react to our experiment in the same way we would expect them to work and we therefore say that we need absolutes in order to be able to make judgments and measured observations when analyzing any of life’s issues, as Francis Schaeffer put it in his book “How should we then Live?”
“by absolute we mean that which always applies, that which provides a final or ultimate standard” … even more profoundly, we must have absolutes if we are to have a solid epistemology (a theory of knowledge – how we know, or how we know we know)
2. Or we can acknowledge that our sinful nature will keep us apart from God and the realization that we have a need to be reconciled with him when this is established and acted upon, change will happen. Confession of our sins and request to be forgiven and accepted can then be shared with God, who will gladly accept all of those who come to him. Taking God and his word to be that absolute will put us under his authority under which everything can be tested against.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
I remember a long time ago I was told that Christ and Christians are weak and have no backbone. I remember thinking about it and this is what I shared with my friend:
• This is a wrong and deliberately distorted image by those who are afraid that they may possibly be infected by this “Christ” virus.
• Jesus was a carpenter and a leader, both of which require strength and leadership. Just look at the multitude that follow him even today.
• His decision to love despite being hit by the self righteous, ridiculed by scoffers, mocked by the ignorant and crucified by sinners only shows that his greater plan was different from our own thinking, therefore he proved to be with the higher, stronger and much deeper understanding of our reality than that which we assume we have.
• Even when the devil himself assumed that he had won the victory when Jesus was being nailed to the cross he was in fact unwittingly being defeated. As God’s punishment upon Jesus was being delivered this was the answer to our prayers to be saved. God’s complete love for us and yet at the same time his character which hates sin and demands justice have found the way to punish the crime but redeem the criminal.
• Just think about this: God’s love which by many is seen as weak has defeated the evil which by many is seen as undefeatable.
1 Corinthians 1:23 – 31 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
There is no other way around it, only God can answer your questions such as:
• Why am I here?
• Who am I?
• Where am I heading?
• What is the meaning / purpose of Life?
For any of these to be answered, where we are not the part of the answer and our meager existence and survival is not the satisfactory explanation, our self-obsessed, self-serving, self-worship and self-indulgence is rejected as inadequate as they can all be taken away when we fall prey to sudden terminal illness or disaster befalls us.
This is all then replaced with self-pity, and self-hatred which is not what God wants us to feel.
Once the idea of living for the sake of experience is rejected, only then can God start to fill this void and answer these soul searching questions.
Questions to ask yourself: We can ask all we want “give me the proof that there is a God” or “provide me with the evidence that the Bible is the word of God” but until we accept our situation and understand our position and our options we will never find God.
So before you go any further think about this, who are you? Where are you heading? And finally What are you looking for?
Assess your options, then and only then can you truly start your search. I can offer my assistance to share with you my experience but I can’t take that first step for you. That is a requirement which God has given to each one of us and it may be, just may be, that today could be your turn to find him.
You are Loved: Just remember this, you and many others are remembered in Jesus’ prayer in John’s Gospel chapter 17. You will never be alone in your search and will not be ignored as there are those who are sent by God to share his good news and those who support them in their prayers and then there are those in desperate need of prayer.
John 17:20 – 26 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; 26 and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
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