Most of us have friends we have been acquainted with for years. Some friendships were developed through upbringing- growing up in the same apartment building, school, or maybe church. Other relationships developed from post elementary education and careers (college courses, roommates).
It was something that drew you to that person. Maybe you shared a common interest…music, books, computers. Or maybe as you talked to one another, you learned you had similar backgrounds (grew up with one parent or both parents, same number of siblings or only child). As you began to learn of each other, you shared something in common, and you became more acquainted.
As you crossed the paths of others who knew of your best friend, you may have heard some information that was a startling revelation from the source but you soon realized that regardless of what others may have felt or heard you KNOW your best friend and you would not accept the information presented to you. Whelp….
As a believer in Christ, we should have such a close relationship with him that when we hear of someone misrepresenting Jesus or loss of life in the most horrific way (911, wars, shootings at events) and someone blames Christ, we can quickly say oh no…MY GOD had nothing to do with that.
People often ask where is God when a crisis aris. He sees everything. As long as we are in this world and evil exists, we will always experience tragedy, because of evil, not because of God.
God loves us sooo that He gave his own son. Why would He tempt us with evil? That contradicts the person of God. God created love. He is the CREATOR of love. Had he not created it and created us to love, we would not know what love is.
Here’s an example. Say there was an ill child who needed an organ transplant. You have a child…one healthy child. Not knowing if your sacrifice would make that ill child’s situation better or worse or even affect your child’s good health, you take a chance! Would you be willing to sacrifice your healthy child to save another? God did. We were sick in sin…(very ill) and God… knowing that not all would accept him, some even rejecting His son (Jesus) yet He was still willing to offer up the perfect sacrifice, giving us a chance to experience His love, peace, strength and comforting arms when chaos surrounds us.
So now that you have begun to learn about God, His son Jesus (regardless of what drew you to Him), is he just a mere shopping spree – asking for a godly man or a godly woman while not adhering to the Godly principles?
…or do you KNOW what He says in His word so you aren’t deceived by anyone? Do You know the thoughts that He has toward His children…thoughts of peace and not evil? Do you KNOW what He likes and dislikes? Does He KNOW you?
It is no surprise that people run to God to solve a problem- not for a lasting relationship. During the time Jesus walked the earth, the same occurred. People followed Him for the miracles He performed but often questioned His words. If his “followers” knew the relationship Jesus had with God and if had a real relationship with God the Father, they would not have doubted:
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Sometimes, people develop relationship to only use the person they are attempting to connect with. Are you seeking to know the person of God to establish a relationship or a shopping spree?