Religion is not just about ’emotions,’ meaning that when I ‘feel’ good, God is good but when I ‘feel’ sad, frustrated, angry.. then God is not so good anymore.
We want to “get” something from church, worship and our relationship from God but when we don’t ‘feel’ anything – joy, peace… – or get a specific message for ourselves during Bible study or church, or if we don’t receive what we prayed for…IMMEDIATELY and in our own way, then we are disappointed with God. We say: “God doesn’t love me, ” “He doesn’t care how I feel or about my situation,” “Does He even know I exist and that I’m struggling?”
YES, He knows about you and your problems and He loves you dearly, BUT we are missing the point! God did not create the world for us and to please us in every way we want. Everything is about Him and His glory…He is the Creator…not us!
So we should actually be asking: “What can I do to please God?” “Even if I don’t ‘feel’ anything during worship, let me continue in any case because it’s not about me. It’s not what I can get out of it.”
We need to make a mindset change and try to not ‘use’ God for our own benefit. As soon as you start submitting to God’s will and renewing your mind by thinking of Him before yourself, you will start ‘feeling’ peace in your life…and no, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to have obstacles you need to overcome, you can now just overcome them WITH God, in His will. He wants to help you because He really cares! But God is not just Love, He is also Just and Righteous, so He will go against His own nature if He tries to please people to earn their favour…and He doesn’t need to do that, He is God.
Take some time to sit and think if you’re not maybe doing or saying things that’s blocking you from hearing God’s Word. He’s waiting patiently, in love, for you to turn to Him with an open heart…not a perfects heart…just a willing, open heart and He will help you to clean it again.
God really loves you!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 12:2 ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Hebrews 5:11-12 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need solid food!”
2 Timothy 2:11-13,15,19 “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.“
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
Hope you all have a blessed week!