God loves us and He wants us to love Him as well. But how can you love something and/or someone we have never seen? The Bible, God’s Word, tells us how. If we study “InTouch’s” Life Principle number one, it teaches the following: “Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact for our lives”. God seeks fellowship with us which is why He created us the way He did (Gen 1:26). But to experience God’s best for us, we need to surrender to Him, completely. If you’re holding something back in your life from God, you are not getting His best for yourself. (Eccl 2:24-26), (Song 5:16)
Genesis 1:26 tells us God made man in His own image and then gave man rule over all things on the earth. In return, He wants our service and worship to be fruitful and effective. But often times we resist and move away from God’s will for or lives. Why? All too often it is out of greed and pride. Our world has become a world of instant gratification. We want what we want and we want it now. (Psalm 27:14) Also, pride makes many people feel like they can do better for themselves than God can. Still others believed that God is vengeful and if they give God control, He will do things that will make them miserable.
A friend once argued with me that God is not righteous. His example depicted a young child suffering and dying from cancer. I tried to show how this is, in some way, a blessing. Well, I failed. Recently a pastor friend taught me this philosophy: “I have given eulogies for 90-year-olds as well as 9-week-olds. Consider each life as only a single drop of water in all the oceans of the world, as compared to eternity”.
God does not make bad things happen – they just happen. He will allow some bad things to happen and most often, He will make good will come from it (Rom 8:28), but we need to remember two very important things: first, God is omnipotent, in control, and second, we have something call Free Choice. We can easily step out of God’s will by using this free choice, but there will be consequences.
So the next time you feel like God is punishing you, remember God loves us and has the best for us within His will. Then, ask yourself: Have I stepped out of God’s will for my life and are simply suffering consequences from my own choices? If you contemplate your situation and pray about it, the answer will become clear. (Matt 7:7)