Most of you know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and if that saying isn’t more accurate on people judging The Bible then I don’t know what would be. Everyone seems to be afraid to open the Bible or listen to Christians about what is so amazingly fantastic about God. I mean, it took me a while to accept that I should just lean on God and His word, I know it’s hard; but looking back now I’m like how did I ever survive without Him in my life everyday???
Many people like to think that God is not a loving God probably solely based on something bad happening in their life, but trust me He doesn’t put us through things He knows we couldn’t handle. He knows our limitations, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” — Isaiah 41:10. And He loves each one of us in His own unique way; we are all His favorites so to speak. Look at Ephesians 3:17-19 with me: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” God loves you, forever and ever, and if you have faith in Him, you too can experience the love He has for all of His children.
As we look at the world today, what do you see? I see turmoil, separation, sadness, and less of God. I know there are many different views of who and what God is, and I deeply wish we would all just look back to our bibles and listen to the word and not distort it to our liking because we need to find something in there to justify our actions. When God made us, He gave us Free Will. Now God left it up to us to use our free will how we chose to use it, but he did give us guidelines on how we should go on about our lives. Look all the way back to the beginning, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” –Genesis 6:5-6. God regretted at one point that he had made man, and it saddened him so deeply. We, as his creation, disappointed Him.
More and more people are turning away from God because he doesn’t conform to their wants, or they find a place that distorts God so much but still call themselves “Christians”. Yes, we are free to express ourselves in this world, but He does not want us to tear apart His loving word and destroy it. He wants us to exercise our gift of free will, but use it with common sense. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13. The world will tempt you, as He says, but one thing is for sure that if you have faith in Him and believe that He will bring you out of any trouble that you come across, you will be alright in this troubled world.
When God created us, He knew exactly what He was getting himself into when He created us. Which makes you think He is even crazier for allowing us to be able to make our own choices and do what we do in this world! God just wants us to love and listen to Him as He loves and listens to us. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Matthew 6:33-34, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is evil thereof.”
What I want you to take away from this blog is to study God before you take the worlds first impressions of what God is like and who He is. God is loving, He does not intentionally make us fail, He pushes us to our ends to show ourselves how strong we really are, and that if we just rely on Him we will have an everlasting life with Him. I feel like I have said all of this before, and I’ll keep saying it till I think I’ve pushed it enough. I pray that each one of you may find that happiness.