Why do you want to know God – what do you hope to get from Him?
People seek God for a variety of reasons. Some think their search will lead to a more fulfilling life or a greater sense of purpose. Others are looking for relief from their pain. Still others are serious and just want to find out what’s true.
What’s your reason?
You should be aware of your aspirations and motivations, because you may be looking for the wrong thing.
For example, perhaps you’re seeking because you want to find greater happiness. What if you do find God, but your life circumstances lead to less happiness? Will you feel cheated? Believers often report that God gives them greater joy, meaning, and purpose in life. But nearly every believer will also admit to experiencing periods of difficulty.
So this is a good question to ask yourself. What am I looking for? And, conversely, what does God offer me?
As you read God’s word, the Bible, you’ll discover how much He’s already given. But He may not give you exactly what you’re anticipated. So expect the unexpected, and make it your goal to find God, no matter what the outcome or perks. The bottom line is that a true seeker seeks the Giver of life, not just His gifts.
Are you placing limitations on God?
Two people who have fallen deeply in love don’t go into marriage with the intention of ignoring each other’s wishes after the wedding ceremony. Such a commitment involves adjusting personal priorities in the interest of building the relationship. When they establish their residence, for example, a couple will usually discuss at length the furnishings, wall hangings, and other touches that will make their house (or apartment) a home. In the same way, it would be absurd for a seeker to open up to God but give no thought to the possibility that God may want to rearrange a few pieces of furniture when He moves in.
Of course, some people are fearful that God wants to throw out all the furniture and condemn their house as uninhabitable. But nothing could be further from the truth! God created us to be in relationship with Him and with each other. Through the Bible, God tells us that He wants us to enjoy this life in a way that’s in line with His purpose for us.
But the question remains: Do you realize that God wants to be a powerful presence in your life, not just an idea in your head?
Many seekers declare intellectual reasons for dismissing the claims of the Bible, but in truth, they are not willing to give up some activity they know is offensive to God. If that’s you, you need to know that God will take you as you are, but He doesn’t want to leave you as you are. He wants you to let Him make you into what He wants you to be.