God, how can I reach you?

God, how can I reach you?

For many, the road of reaching for and finding God can be a long and arduous journey.

Peter, a self-described "never-the-less Christian", was raised in a religious home but went on his own journey of discovery. He investigated most of the world religions including atheism. Ultimately, he came to the conclusion that accepting and following Jesus Christ was the only logical choice. The answers to many of Peter's questions from his journey of discovery remain unanswered; why does God allow suffering, why leprosy, and so many other  "whys" But, as Peter would say, "Never-the-less I choose to believe" and, as a consequence of that choice, Peter has entered into a meaningful relationship with God.

Probably the majority of believers who enter into a personal relationship with God do so as young children. It is not, as some would argue, that they are more susceptible to parental and/or peer pressure, rather they accept the gospel message in all its simplicity [Gospel simply means Good News]. This is why Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:2-4 The older we get the more proud and independent we become. This pride and self-reliance makes it more and more difficult for us to acknowledge all our shortcomings before God and the need of His offer of a dramatic life-change.

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6

"When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, 'You are not far from the kingdom of God.'" Mark 12:34

"From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'" Acts 17:26-28

So, the real answer to the question, "God, how can I reach you?", is, in fact, for you to reach out to God in faith. God looks at the heart, and if you are sincere in your desire to reach Him, He will reveal Himself to you in extraordinarily personal ways.

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