Growing up I’d lose my contacts all the time – usually somewhere on our bathroom floor where it was impossible to find again. I’d then ask one of my parents to come look with me. Our parents care about the small details in life but when it comes to God we think there’s no way He would care about such trivial things. He does though.
First and foremost God cares about us living in eternity with Him. But He also cares about the small details of our lives like finding a lost wallet or getting rid of a headache.
Every now and then I am reminded of this when I pray over something small – like losing a contact. While they may not always be answered (the other day I prayed I could find my yellow wool coat I lost years ago – no luck!) but when they are it’s like God smiling down on me saying, “See? I do care.”
He’s not just “God” and “Lord Almighty” but “Father” and sometimes “Dad” too. We are His children. He loves to be in relationship with us. He loves to talk to us. He loves to give us good gifts. Oh – and He actually likes you too.
This one has always been a big struggle for me. I’ve never doubted God loves me. He sent His son to die on a cross for my sins that I may have eternal life, after all. But believing God likes me? That’s a little tougher.
I usually think about the mistakes I made this week, or the times I was difficult to deal with, stubborn, rude or selfish…
Other times I struggle with whether God likes me based off my circumstances. I fall into the trap of believing that since God is withholding X, Y or Z from me – job, house, yellow wool jacket, whatever – that surely He doesn’t like me. Love me enough to make sure I get saved, yes. Like me enough to care about my day-to-day life? Probably not.
When we find ourselves believing that lie it’s because we believe another lie – that God is here solely to please us.
Here’s a tip: if you believe that – even subconsciously – you will never find happiness. Life is not about getting God to give us what we want. Sometimes bad things happen – even to good people.
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Instead, life is about knowing Him. And Him knowing you.
You know that line about getting to the pearly gates and God being like “I never knew you”? Don’t let that be you. Start a relationship today with Him. Go ahead. Just start talking. And forget about not being “worthy.”
There is absolutely nothing we can do to win God’s approval. There is nothing we can do to get Him to like us more. Yet I still try to “gain” His approval. Instead of approaching His throne with boldness as we’re instructed to do, I timidly approach to ask for what I need and desire.
While it’s good to not make God into our personal vending machine, let’s also not approach Him with false humility.
Worse yet, I often approach His throne as “Sarah” – messy, imperfect, wish-washy and a whole string of unflattering characteristics. But remember, we’re not supposed to approach Him as ourselves – if we’ve accepted His wonderful gift and are following His Way we’re supposed to approach Him as if we’ve already been washed white by the blood of Christ – because we have been.
Now think of all the people in your life you genuinely love being with and giving good gifts to. Since we’re made in God’s image how much more does He love to give to us and spend time with us? When we give we sometimes do so to get something in return or with other flawed motives. God gives out of a pure love and our best interest.
So next time you lose your wallet or even a contact – turn to God and ask for help. No, you may not find it, but I think the more we all turn to Him with our small needs, the more we’ll realize how much He cares.
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