Tuesday, 21 September 2010
As a believer who’s only recently decided to further pursue a relationship with God, I honestly think that the journey of trying to know God is something that every believer should attempt in his or her lifetime.
You receive knowledge of Him from a lot of different sources: your religion class, your Sunday school, your church, your youth groups, your Christian organizations, Christian books and music and media. But this is simply a passive reception of God – you don’t have to do anything on your own to gain the knowledge, as it’s simply handed to you by others.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with this, especially seeing as how it’s simply the beginning of any learning process. You learn all the basics of God and the stories in the Bible through these passive means. But there is a difference between this passiveness and an active search for God.
When one actively decides to look for God, as I did, there is a sudden influx of meaning in prayer and in His Word. Because you are choosing to try to form a relationship with Him, everything seems to become realer before your eyes – you see more of His manifestation in your life, you find new depth and revelation in His Word, you feel Him filling the emptiness that arrives with your introspective reflections.
My journey to finding God and drawing close to Him is far from over… and I get the sudden feeling that it might not find an ending until the ending of my lifetime. But that’s okay - because I believe that this step-by-step journey towards discovering Him and tending to our growing relationship is a necessary and beneficial part of my spiritual life.
What role does God play in your life right now? Are you on a similar spiritual journey to get to know Him?