If you want a best friend, a good idea would be to know what they are like to see if you are compatible, similar qualities and see if you both will get along. Specifically speaking about God, I want to know what He is actually like and understand Him on a deeper level before I decide to follow Him. I am going to share with you what I have read and am learning. Again, a lot of notes are from gotquestions.com and the bible.
God wants to be known by us. He wants to be our best friend and our lover. He wants to be the number one in our life, that way when times get tough, He will be the rock foundation, that way we can stand tough through the oncoming waves and not sink.
Ex: If your house is built on sand, waves come crashing down the house will most likely be destroyed and sink. However, if your house is built on rock, waves come crashing down the house will most likely stand strong and overcome those waves.
From the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, written by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek state that, “ Truth is discovered, not invented. It exists independent of anyone’s knowledge of it.” (Gravity existed prior to Newton)
God exists, the bible simply states it and does not argue it. God is should be self-evident through the works He has created, the world, us, etc. At the beginning of the bible it even says, God created the heavens and the earth. A powerful and simple statement.
The universe: time, space, matter and energy, God created it by his decree and being. Thus, what has a beginning has a cause. The Lord easily explains the ultimate cause; He is the Creator of ALL. He makes and controls ALL things.
God is SOVEREIGN!
The ultimate cause has the ultimate authority. He does as He pleases.
God is unchanging. God is spirit and cannot be shown by any created thing because He is not of this world. Trying to do so is considered, blasphemous. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is Omni present. He is Holy and oh so Glorious! Through God himself, we can know that He seeks to find the lost and loves His children so dearly He allowed His own son to die on the cross for our sinful nature. From that we are shown what true love and grace is, we experience grace through God being called His children. God is so in love with us He wants us to freely have a choice to love Him back that is what free will is. He doesn’t want it to be forced because we all know something forced does not end well. A willing heart is a humble and obedient heart, God being those characteristics, we as Christ-followers are to be called to illustrate that on this side of heaven.
The more and more I get to know God, the more and more I want to follow Him. Not because I was brought up like this, I know other religions and have studied on them but God is not a religion He is someone I can have an intimate relationship with. Intimate:
Thesaurus terms: dear, cherished, devoted, firm, bosom, welcoming,
Definition: closely acquainted; familiar or close. Involving, very close.
DOES THAT SOUND AWESOME OR WHAT? Who wouldn’t want a friend/lover who gives up their own life for you before you were created because they love you that much? They are always patient with you; provide unconditional grace, mercy and love. I don’t know about you but I have had many friends bail on me when times get tough, not provide grace when I need it and just drop me in the dirt because I treated them like dirt at times. Yes, it happens, I am not perfect obviously but there again, that’s where grace can be provided. If you don’t know God though, you don’t know grace and understanding that has taken a long time but it is true. If you don’t know how to add numbers, you won’t understand how to get an answer. Make sense?
God is constantly sitting there with His arms wide-open waiting for us to ask Him to be our friend. He is never conditional. It’s never going to be an eye for an eye situation and let me tell you that releases so much weight of my shoulder. Intentional or non-intentional people sometimes have conditions for others and with God that’s not even a thing, He does not manipulate His children. Amazing, huh? What’s really incredible is, He works the way everyone else works, in order for a healthy relationship to maintain, it is a two way street. If you only need God when it’s convenient for you and you get mad because He doesn’t answer prayers in your timing, newsflash: he is not Santa Clause or a Genie. He is God and wants you to want Him all the time, through the good and bad because that’s what a friend is. Your prayers also might not be answered in your timing because God is time. Time does not even exist with Him, His timing is perfect and will provide you with what you NEED when you NEED it. When you start aligning your life with Christ, your earthly desires; more money, a bigger house, more cars, just becomes stuff and it almost becomes nuisance because that stuff doesn’t really matter anyone, the only thing that starts to really matter is your purpose and why you are here. Everyone has a purpose and God has had a plan before you were in your mother’s womb.
This God that I am growing to know and understand sounds like the unthinkable. Again, I am going to continue to say this because I too struggle with it. He sounds and is the unthinkable because He is not OF this earth or world. Our human minds cannot comprehend something that incredible it’s too intense. I don’t have all the answers though, and I may be repeating myself multiple times but I can only preach what I can explain, to a point.
Friends, I could go on and on about it this topic, but for now I will leave you with this. This is just a small glimpse of God and what He is like.
To be continued…