The truth about God is not so hard to understand that it is beyond our reach. If we forfeit the privilege of seeing God someday, it will not be for a lack of ability or opportunity. It will be for a failure to make life’s basic choice.
Diligently Seeking God
If it is honest, the remembrance of our sins can never be anything but sorrowful, but it is a necessary part of our humility, gratitude, and even our joy. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Joy and sorrow are inseparable” (Kahlil Gibran).
We should (1) adopt a posture of real reverence toward Him, and (2) commit ourselves to carrying out His instructions in every area of life. “Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about.” Compared to this priority, nothing else even tips the scale. This is our all, our everything.
To defer dealing with God until we are out of our youth is a costly error. And if we’ve not yet decided whether we’re going to take God seriously, there is something we need to know: the question only gets tougher the longer we put off answering it.
From the beginning, God has spoken to the human race using actual words that can be understood rationally. This is a remarkable thing when we stop to think about it, but it is nevertheless true that God has used human language to convey His will to us.
God is presented to us in the Scriptures as a transcendent God: He is radically “other” than His creation. And if that is the truth, then it is a serious mistake to give to the creation the reverence that ought to go to the Creator alone.
Christ did not die for the mere betterment of our feelings, and seeking God through Him is not mostly about pain relief. It is about character transformation. And even more than character transformation, it is about the glorification of God.
God did not show Himself to be dependable just so that we might sleep better at night. The demonstration of God’s perfect power and love leads us to trust Him, but we are led to trust Him so that we might once again obey Him!
Without any doubt, the single greatest thing that can stabilize our attitude toward God is meditation on the constancy with which He loves us. His faithfulness to us does not wax and wane. He continues to love us faithfully even on our worst days.
The love to which we should aspire is one that loves God for His own sake, worships Him without compensation, and serves Him without self-interest. These things aren’t easy in a world where most of us listen to station WIFM (What’s In It For Me?).