I know that I live among people who think that God does not exist. I am inclined to believe that many of the people who say that God doesn’t exist have yet to truly know God from the heart. I have nothing against atheists. Some atheists have excellent character. I just believe that many of them will struggle to understand what Christian faith is really about. I got my ideas about God where most kids get it. I used to believe that if you’re good and you please others, you are guaranteed the favor of God. However, I was severely mislead. I had given people what I was supposed to give to God. I had believed for years if I please someone in authority, I would be pleasing to God and I would never have suffering. The person in authority would protect and speak up for me.
What a confusing idea!!! It turns out that I was wrong about God. God is not a idol. You don’t serve God by wearing a necklace. I just confused you, huh? OK! Let’s imagine that the favor of God is like a ring or a fine piece of jewelry. Someone who cares greatly about you buys you this jewelry. You accept the jewelry in haste. You think to yourself: I don’t even like this thing, but I’ll take it anyway. This person is always so nice to me. After all, what’s the harm?
People around you have been saying that this piece of jewelry is quite wonderful. The people are really loving this rare piece of jewelry. Very few people have it, and you are the lucky recipient.
You think: I’ll never need that jewelry… what do those people know? They are such fools.
But then, you lose your job. The money runs out. The bills are due. Your mother gets sick. You are devastated. In a panic, you find that jewelry.
You say to yourself: I need God to get me out of this mess! They say this jewelry can save me and I am desperate!
Once God has saved from the mess and things are good again. You take off that jewelry and it goes back in the case where you put it.
What’s worse is: Your heart remains unchanged.
Many believers have the faith to trust God as an act of emergency. What good is trust if it is motivated by the blessing of the moment. This mindset suggests that God is a “light switch” and not the actual light.
Christianity is a condition of the heart.
The Lord does not judge the appearance like humanity might. He examines the heart.
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. —- 1 Samuel 16:7
In this passage, Saul was supposed to be the king of Israel and Samuel was very sad about it. The Lord was explaining to Samuel that the motives of your heart are very important. And if your heart is not pure, God will take something that was originally meant for you and give it to someone else.
When our spirit isn’t motivated toward anything good. We must pray. Prayer can be many good things:
- a means to show gratitude
- a means to tell God about something difficult
- a means to request something from God
Praying is talking to God. James 5:16 says: Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Prayer is the simplest thing to do. Often, it’s difficult to be consistent about it even though each believer in Christ should do so. I think of prayer as God’s telephone. We are supposed to pray about everything. Prayer becomes less of duty when we validate its worth in our walk with the Lord. So why do people say prayer isn’t enough?
James 2:17 – Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Things only change if you work on them. We cannot hope to end gun violence with prayer alone. But prayer motivates people, and people can be endowed with the power of God to change things.
Prayer can be a window to the answers we seek. If we humbly ask God, the giver of all things, to do it… we must be prepared to work and wait!
It’s my hope that someone is blessed by this journal. It’s my prayer that I inspired somebody today.