June 19, 2009

Random Reflections For Friday, 6-19

Posted by Judi Lynn Lake at 18:23

Interestingly, the more I read the news, the more my mind wanders towards God.

When will America realize her need for God? I honestly don’t know; America is being a stubborn nation and as such may have to suffer the consequences of her own god-lessness.

Why can’t people understand that it is only through God that we will obtain true freedom and peace? I have come to realize that perhaps not many really “know” God after all…

When I think of God, I think of Him as a God who saves and as a God who is interested in every single one of us. I also believe He cares about all the silly little incidentals of each of our lives.

In other words, God is a “lover”.

When we love people, we are interested in everything about them – even the smallest details in their lives. I believe that God is like that for all of us; even when no one else notices us, God does because we are interesting to Him.

But God is more than interested in us; He saves us. His love is always redeeming. One who really loves, loves us in spite of our imperfections and sins and so God loves us. But He, like no other lover, can and will redeem our imperfections and sins.

God is the one who is always there; it is man who abandons God.

God never fails to be present when we need Him and presence is what it means to care. It is precisely at this point that I believe much of our faith is tested. We call out to God and ask Him to be with us, but He seems so far away. What we are really asking is for God to reveal Himself to us, and that He will not do. He has revealed Himself through Jesus Christ and Jesus promised to be with us always through His Spirit that dwells in our hearts. That Spirit’s presence is only known through faith, not through some tangible manifestation that makes faith unnecessary. God is present to us now only through faith, and only faith knows that He is with us: that He cares and that He is interested.

Isn’t that the way with human love as well? We have to believe that the one who loves us cares; we have to believe in that person because there is often misunderstanding and doubt and we can interpret non-presence as non-caring. Often the other does not know the depth of our need at this moment or our hunger for a friend’s interest in some project that is dear to us. This in no way means he or she doesn’t love us or doesn’t care. God does know, of course, but because He does not reveal Himself as we would like Him to, we interpret His felt absence as a real absence and not caring.

It is our own complexity that makes God complex? He is simple and means every word He utters. The non-belief is in us. We project our own and others’ failures to love selflessly onto Him. If, however, we live by faith, our own lives become simple, as simple as the word that God has given us. And that word is love.

God is love, St. John says, and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them. (see 1 John 4:16)


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3 comments on "Random Reflections For Friday, 6-19"

Scott said...

Great use of pictures and personal insight. Still going strong!

ElderChild on 6/20/09, 8:32 PM said...

“Love Not The World”

”For the WHOLE world is under the control of the evil one”(I John 5:19)

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world will pass away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of The Only True GOD will abide for ever.” (I John 2:15-17)

“If you were of the world, the world would love it’s own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his Master. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.” (John 15:19-20)

“Where do wars and fighting among you come from? Do they not come of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, don’t you know that friendship with the world is to be at enmity with The Only True GOD? Therefore whoever will be a friend of the world is the enemy of The Only True GOD.” (James 4:1-4)

“The world cannot hate you; but the world hates Me, because I testify that the works of this world are evil.” (John 7:7)” and “The Messiah gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of The Only True God, Our Father.”(Gal 1:4)

The Messiah testified: “If the world hates you know that it hated Me before it hated you.”(John 5:18) Truly, Truly, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die it brings forth much fruit. He that loves his life in this world shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall have it unto life eternal.” (John 12:24-25)

(continued @ http://asimpleandspirituallife.blogspot.com/2008/06/love-not-world.html


Chris said...

Good subject matter, very relevant and needed. But of course, because it differs, from the current P.C. indoctrination and agenda, you could be called by various cliche's with the assumption that you are not entitled to your say.Yes use your freedom of speech!and keep the faith. A good site, technically navigates and functions well.


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