Living With God
Recently I have been focused on trying to please God. By continually looking to do what is “right” I have become more fixated with my actions than my relationship with Him. This has caused me to start to wander away from Him and towards idolatry of myself. The truth is, however, God wants us to walk with Him through life. It is not about doing right or wrong rather being in His presence.
After Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, God comes walking in the garden, and asks them three questions. The first is, “’Where are you?’”. He then asks, “’Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”’. Finally, “’What is this that you have done?’” (Genesis 3:9-13, ESV) Notice that the first question is “Where are you?”, and the last question is “What is this that you have done?”. I talked with the Lord about this order, and He told me that He cares about where His children are in relation to Him more than what they do. Basically, He wants relationship, not perfection: “Going through the motions doesn’t please You, a flawless performance is nothing to You.” (Psalm 51:16, MSG)
The Lord wants us to be with Him. It’s not about succeeding or failing; it’s about living with Him. James tells us that if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (4:8, ESV). No matter my past actions, I’ve chosen to place my trust and focus on Him to live with Him in the moment. How about you? What are you going to choose? Are you concerned about never messing up, or living each moment with God letting Him direct your path? The Lord wants to draw near to you, are you willing to draw near to Him?
“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” Psalm 73:28 (ESV)