The Lord has been reminding me lately, just how close I was from turning away from Him completely.
He’s been reminding me of just how far I tried to go to test His ways and see if they were true.
To touch the burning stove and see if I’d really get burned.
And I truly believe that failing to remember all the Lord has saved us from is one of the most dangerous things we could ever do.
Because when we forget to remember all Jesus has done, we begin to believe that we have done it all.
When I think back to when I fully knew and believed that Jesus was who He said He was, it wasn’t my lack of knowledge that kept me from Him.
What kept me from knowing Christ and having a deeper relationship with Him was that I didn’t think I really needed Him for much.
I would pray most nights but rarely thought about Him in my daily life.
And I thought I was doing fine.
The other part I struggled with was not believing that Jesus was the only way.
Because when you grow up in the generation that I have grown up in, saying that there is only one way to do anything is extremely frowned upon.
And when you have friends you love who don’t believe what you believe, and you aren’t totally sure why you believe what you say you believe, things get cloudy.
Things get cloudy and the enemy gets to stirring.
So that’s the question I’ve been asking myself.
Why would anyone ever want to know God when many of us are doing just fine on our own?
Fine enough at least.
The truth is, none of us want to know God on our own.
“None is righteous, no, not one;Romans 3:10-12
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
None of us seek God on our own.
It is God who seeks out us.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”Luke 19:10
So what does this mean for my friends who are reading this and don’t believe there is any way there could possibly be a God to know, and especially not a God who has been seeking them or for that matter, every individual in the world?
For starters, I am so glad you’ve kept reading.
Keep reading. Keep asking. Keep seeking.
Because while we cannot seek God on our own, He has put this desire in your heart.
He has placed in you a curiosity that can not be satisfied.
He has given you a longing for significance and purpose that cannot be fulfilled here.
He has given you this feeling that while you feel like you may be fine on your own now, there is something in you that just doesn’t feel like it will be right forever.
There is something in you that keeps on wanting. Something in you that keeps on hurting.
The brokenness you can’t explain.
The success that still doesn’t satisfy.
The discontent you feel with the mundane.
We all have it.
He has placed it there. On purpose. The moment we fell away from Him.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.Ecclesiastes 3:11
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.Jeremiah 24:7
So why would anyone ever want to know God?
Because nothing else has satisfied.
Because you’re tired of striving for the next thing.
Because you’re anxious and overwhelmed.
Because even though you’re getting what you desire you still feel empty on the inside.
If you’re like me, you’ve tried to fill that desire with so many different things from guys, to drinking, to achieving, and nothing seems to last.
Today, I still try and do things on my own. I still think either too highly of myself or too poorly of myself. I still often think that I need a man by my side to have a meaningful and fulfilled life.
But now, I know who to turn to.
I pray you’d get to know Him too.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30
This Memorial Day Weekend there will be a gathering of young adults who have all had these same struggles and have all met the same Jesus. They have left the empty and fleeting pleasures of this world and joined the movement that each of us were created for.
The movement of overcoming evil with good. The movement of growing and advancing an eternal kingdom instead of our temporary ones. They have joined an awakening and you’re invited: