Searching for God – Kenny Rader

kennyIs God lost?

No, God is not lost.  He is not like the little boy who wandered into a far off place and forgot how to get home and neither is He like an old grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease.  He is not lost in the woods or missing in a galaxy far, far away.  He didn’t escape from his retirement home and vanish into thin air.  Nor is God sick and on His deathbed somewhere out there, wherever “out there” is.

If God is not lost, why are we searching for Him?

God is not the One who is lost, but we are not implying that you and I are lost either.  We are not pointing fingers of shame on anyone.  The idea is that many of us go through our lives without much thought about God. Sure, we know God is with us, but do we really treat Him as though He is with us every step of the way?  I know how often I forget to think about Him.

Lost connections?

All of us know Verizon’s unique advertisement, “Can you hear me now?”  Well, haven’t all of us had that same question for God?  Maybe the problem is that our connection with God has been lost.  Maybe, just maybe, we only have a 1 bar signal out of 5 strength.  But maybe God is not the problem.  Maybe the problem is “us.”

God knows you and me better than we know ourselves.

Sometimes, I have to laugh at myself.  I think I know ‘me’ but sometimes I wonder.   When I dress in the full armor of God and think I am prepared for battle, I imagine that I am looking at the front door of my house and fully prepared to face the enemy, Satan.  But that is when I usually get blindsided.  Satan attacks through the back door or comes in through the side window; maybe even down the chimney. God knew all the time that I was not fully prepared.

This is how it is with our relationship with God.  You and I might think that each of us is a friend of God and that we have a great connection with Him and a fabulous relationship, but He knows us far better than we know ourselves.  He knows our weaknesses and He knows how we fall so far short of loving Him the way He desires.

In Psalm 139, David writes:

1 You have searched me, Lord,

          and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;

        you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;

          you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue

        you, Lord, know it completely.

5 You hem me in behind and before,

         and you lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

          too lofty for me to attain.

What does this mean?

Well, if God is not lost and since He knows us better than we know ourselves, does this mean that something must be wrong with you and me?  Does this mean that you and I are the problem in our lack of ability to find God?  Sadly, yes.  But the good news is that we are fixable!!!

Sin has broken us – well, sort of.  Sin separates us from God, and because of sin, the problem is not that God has not left us but rather that we have left God.  You and I have a broken relationship with God. The good news is that God has a way of fixing us, or at least making repairs that will help in this broken relationship.  But it takes effort on our part.

Why does there always seem to be a catch?

Yes, there is a catch, but not in a bad way.  God is waiting for us to come to Him.  “Wait a minute,” you say.   “I’m already a Christian.  I have already come to God.”  While you may be correct in saying that you are a Christian, it still doesn’t mean that you have a good relationship with God.  You might be married, but that doesn’t mean you have a good relationship with your spouse, or that you even have a good marriage.  No marriage is perfect.  No matter how good your marriage is, it can get better, and that is what we mean here in our relationship with God.  It is not perfect and we can improve on it, likely in a huge way.

Are you really content in your relationship with God?

Let’s get one thing straight here, contentment in a relationship usually means that the relationship is deteriorating.  Martha and I had a great marriage and a great relationship, and before losing her to cancer, each of us continually worked at our marital relationship.  We were never content, but her cancer revealed ways that we could grow closer.  Both Martha and I looked forward to life after cancer because we knew our relationship with each other would be so much greater.  This is exactly what we mean in a closer relationship with God.  It can always improve.

The search for growing the relationship with God.

Our sermon series beginning on September 13 will concentrate on ways that the Bible teaches us to grow our relationship with God.  We will attempt to keep it light, yet rich enough that we can each grow through the applications that we learn (or get reminded of what we already know yet need to practice).

So, come along.  Let’s see if we cannot only search for God, but find Him.

Love ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kenny

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