YOU AND GOD
a brief series continued
First, He is worthy of our highest praise. He is the God of the Creation, the God of the Bible, the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The more you learn of Him, the more you will be motivated to “seek the Lord” and find Him (Acts 17:24-27). Paul assures us, that He is “not far from each of us!” God is worthy of our praise, and we are deficient in mind and life until we acknowledge Him. Remember, we were made in His image!
Job said, in his acknowledgment of God – –
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Further, your personal relationship with God determines your present and future and eternal well-being. Do you think you can do your best in this life – without the Creator?
Do you think you can be the best kind of person – without obeying God? Do you imagine that you can cope with tragedy . . . serve people well . . . be a good father or mother . . . and all of that – without a relationship with God?
Do you think you can die and just automatically slip into heaven – when you have not sought to be a child of God??
A person without God cannot have a whole life – and cannot form good individual responsibility. For in Him we live and move and have our very being.
Paul wrote in Romans 1 – that people who do not praise and serve the Lord, open their hearts up to futility and darkness (Romans 1:21). And he went on to say something about the eternal outcome of disobedience to God.
“….but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.” – Romans 2:8-11
Two simple truths emerge clearly as you read the Word of God: ONE, God seeks a personal relationship with individuals. He wants us to be His children. TWO, every individual needs to know Him. Psalm 118:28 ought to be the anxious confession of each of us to God – it says “You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.”
“There is one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” – Ephesians 4:6
– More about this tomorrow.