I DO, SO DO YOU
Why do you need a god? Because life is hard and eternity is forever. There are many gods and you are free to pick. Which god will you choose?
Joshua 24:15, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” NIV
Wouldn’t it be great to have a magic genie? Life gets hard, seriously hard. All of us have desperate needs or wants. Do you need healing? Reconciled relationships? More money or just a job? Rub the bottle and coax the genie out. “Your wish is my command!” Make your request, the genie can supply. Deal done, it’s over. Conveniently, put the cork in the bottle and place it back on the shelf until there is another serious need. Then he will stay in the bottle until released again. He won’t interfere with your life in the meantime. You determine what you need and he performs.
What about Santa? He rewards good behavior. He would never let bad things happen to good people. Be relatively good and you can expect to get whatever indulgence is on your wish list. I’ve never known anyone who missed out because they were bad, so I think his standards for behavior are pretty low. But, no one wants a lump of coal, so try to be on the nice list. If you are good you will have health, wealth and happiness, right? Maybe, if Santa is your god.
You need answers and you need them now. Advice and solutions to your problems are available in the information age. Just use a search engine and get instant results. You can find a you tube video to show you how to do just about anything. You can diagnose yourself (warning – it’s usually fatal). You can discover the truth about anything, if you loosely define truth. Knowledge, information, programs and formulas can be your god, but, ultimately you are depending on yourself. I have depended on myself for years. I’m pretty reliable, tough and determined. I can do anything I set my mind to, or at least I thought I could. Myasthenia gravis gets worse the more you try. Of all the weird diseases….
Who wants that? A God who left the glorious realms of heaven to come and suffer rejection and death. Then He asks us to do the same, it’s ludicrous! Who wants to follow God who calls us to deny ourselves, die to our desires, pick up our cross and follow Him. Anyone interested in signing up for that? He promises us,” In this world you will have trouble.” He calls us to suffer for His sake. Why would anybody choose this God? It makes no sense.
Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” NKJV
WE DON’T LIVE IN EDEN
We live in a hurting world. No one escapes suffering, sickness and death. It’s called life. Innocent people endure injustice. Good people get terminal illnesses and incurable diseases. Eventually we all have to deal with something. When I was initially diagnosed it was necessary to examine my own beliefs. What do I know about God? I learned this: I don’t just know about God, I KNOW God. There is an attraction to this God. He loves me. He wants me to love Him back. Incredible. The God who created the universe knows what is best for me. I trust Him. We have a relationship. He promises to be with me. I feel His presence and it is the most incredible promise. He gives peace that passes understanding. The blessing of His presence, His peace, and His joy make this journey worth it all. Is it easy? No.
Hebrews 13:5, “God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” NIV
LIFE ISN’T EASY
That’s why we all need a god. Which one will you choose?
Psalm 115:5-9, “They have mouths but cannot speak, eyes but cannot see. They have ears but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. Those who make are just like them, as are all who trust in them. Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.” HCSB