Have you ever stopped to consider that how we think of God affects our lives in every way?
“I was afraid of you“, said the wicked servant to his master (who represents God in this parable) in the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 19). Then he acted accordingly by burying the gifts that his Master gave him and turned away from him in fear and distrust.
“We know that God does not hear sinners…”, said the ignorant experts of religion in John 9 and missed the opportunity to turn from their dead religion to the Righteous One who (whether they believed it or not) did come to seek lost sinners.
“This is your God, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt“, affirmed Aaron, pointing to the Golden Calf (Exodus 32: 4). They had yet to realize just how different their God was from the other “gods”!
But then there are those who did think rightly about God and came to know Him:
“Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”, Abraham reasoned (Genesis 18:25). He knew that God would not…could not be unjust in anything that He did.
“I know that my Redeemer lives“, Job insisted (Job 19:25) and wasn’t shaken in his faith by the sudden tragedy of the loss of his family and possessions.
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…”. This is how Moses learned to think of God. Read the whole passage from Exodus 34: 5 – 7.
“To whom shall we go?: was Peter’s response when Christ asked if they, too, would desert Him. Peter added, “You have the words of eternal life.”
The life of Christ in the New Testament shows us God in the flesh.
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…..I am in the Father and the Father is in me.“
(John 14: 9 – 11)
Why is it important to think rightly about God?
Think about this question a bit. Don’t give the first answer that comes to mind. Considering the witness of all those mentioned above, to think rightly about God, to understand and believe in who He really is leads to eternal life! Can you see why this is crucial for every one of us?
“This is life eternal that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (The words of Christ Himself in John 17: 3).
But it may be that, far from really knowing and far from even thinking about eternal life, you are afraid of God. Maybe you are putting off dealing with Him till the last possible minute. Maybe your conscience convinces you that you can never be close to Him, or trust Him.
Let me tell you some Good News!
God does hear the prayer of sinners.
Christ did come into this world to save those who are aware of their sins and shortcomings.
In fact there is no other way to God the Father but through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Read Acts 4: 12)
Do you want to be right with God? Then consider this verse:
“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7: 37 – 38)
Believe the Good News that Christ died for your sins. “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (Jas. 4: 8)
Maybe you feel that you’ve done so many things wrong in your life that surely God would want nothing to do with you. But that is exactly the attitude to have when you come to God! Christ promised, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9: 13)
Do you want to know that your sins are forgiven? Do you want to have a new start in this life and the promise of eternal life? Do you want to learn to know God as your Lord and Friend? Then pray to Him in your own words, confessing your sin to Him. Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and change you from the inside out.
Believe in God’s wonderful promises and you will begin to discover a new life of joy, meaning and purpose. Then ask God to lead you to fellow Christians. And read your Bible to grow in faith. Remember Peter’s words:
“To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”