Communicating with God is the only path to peace with God.
You and I are creatures that somehow need to know that God is happy with us.
Humans are just wired that way it seems.
Historically people have gone to great lengths and some pretty bizarre extremes to make peace with God.
Animal sacrifices have been common and then there are the groups that have performed human sacrifices. (shudder)
The Bible even speaks of people sacrificing their own children to their God.
So here we are in the 21st Century and we still have the same problem - how do we find peace with God?
We struggle with this, living our lives in all sorts of different ways, trying this or that, one church or another or 400 different ones. We donate to charities, give at the office, give at church, give time to other programs and still often feel there's more to be done.
Are we working for a God that just won't be satisfied?
Or are we just not really communicating with God?
How do we know - and I mean know without a shadow of a doubt - what God requires from us?
I mean if we know what God wants from us and we provide it then we'll have peace with God, right?
That's the assumption it seems. That's what I was taught growing up.
If you grew up in a Christian home you probably were taught the same thing - or at least somehow got that idea into your head.
The thing is we gain some insight to what we think God wants and then we go about trying to provide that.
Usually the satisfaction we derive from our effort is not complete - we still have this feeling that we've missed the boat somehow.
This is where we must really examine our relationship with God and determine if we're really communicating with God or just assuming we know the score because of something we've been taught all our lives.
This is a very personal examination. It involves really getting ahold of our basic beliefs about God.
Sometimes it's scary because it may lead to questioning.
I like to remind people of the words of Jesus "Fear not little flock for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom".
The fear you have around God isn't God given.
The one whom Christians claim faith in encouraged "Fear not".
So go ahead and look. Examine your beliefs about God. Discover their source. Discover if they really support communication with God.
If not, let them go.
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