Where Are You?
I don’t think that there is one person on this planet that will truly say “no” to the opportunity to see God. There is something in our hearts that cries out for that “something” that can fully satisfy our souls. People spend their entire lives looking for that satisfaction through jobs, careers, money, fame, relationships, etc. But in the end, in their secret place, they are fully aware of their emptiness.
We have become experts in putting on masks, but God can see beyond our masks. The reality is that without Christ in our lives we are empty. Even if you are born again; until you totally surrender every aspect of your life to Christ, you will be full of empty spots in your soul. We need the fullness of Christ in order to be able to enjoy that peace that goes beyond circumstances and that joy that can’t be explained.
God is not hiding from us! Even after Adam and Eve introduced sin into the humanity, God still went out looking for them in the cool of the day. It was Adam and Eve who hid from Him. Genesis 3:8 tells us:
“8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?”
Many of us are still hiding from God; we pick and choose those areas where He is welcomed and those areas where He is not. I can here the Lord calling us from our shameful places: “Where are you?” The Lord wants to make us free! Jesus is waiting to release that abundant life that He came to give us according to John 10:10, but we are still hiding behind the trees of disappointments, betrayals, mistrusts, mistakes, failures, embarrassments and sins.
“The Main Reason Why we Suffer”
There is a song written by Don Porter that illustrates our desire to see God’s face better than any other song I know.
“14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord…” (Hebrews 12:14)
Beloved, the main reason why we suffer is because God wants us to be able to see Him. God is not hiding from us; but our sin and the evil conditions of our hearts stand in the way of the fulness of our intimacy with God.
Without holiness, we will not see the Lord. That is the reason why God allows us to go astray, He allows us to do it our way, to try our empty destructive ways of doing things; that is the reason why He manifests His love by disciplining us with great hardship, so that we may experience brokenness and find ourselves at the end of ourselves, so that we may have a heart of surrendering to Him, so that we may share in His holiness, so that we may see Him.
This whole thing is about God’s desire to bring us out from behind the trees of shame and into the place of walking with Him in the cool of the day. So then, who cares if I catch the bus, ride a bicycle, drive an old car or even drive a Mercedes or have my own plane…it is all about Jesus! Who cares then, if I suffer my whole life on this earth and dimension of life? What a small price to pay if at the end I can start my life for all eternity walking in the cool of the day with my heavenly Daddy.
Now suffering makes sense; now I can thank God for those that hurt me, for those that reject me, for those that discriminated against me just because of the color of my skin. What an amazing honor that God loved me so much that he manifested His love in such a way to get me to this point where now I can echo the words of the Psalmist when he said:
“It was good for me to be afflicted