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A GOD TO TURN TO

I’m sure most people wonder, in times of personal success, “Why do I need God, anyway?”  We tend to ascribe our successes to having the smarts and working hard.  We feel self sufficient.

But what about those inevitable times we experience pain, personal loss or failure?  Many of us blame others for our misfortune, then feel sorrow for ourselves or hatred for those we blame.  Some will consequently indulge in numbing activities like getting drunk, watching large doses of TV, or addiction to work.  Some of us try to replace our sorrow with pleasure by engaging in drug use, promiscuous sex, binge eating, or gambling and the like.  It sometimes becomes difficult to step back from our addictions and identify the real problem that needs to be resolved.  A professional counselor or trained church pastor can often help us identify the problem and bring solutions.

On lesser yet troublesome matters, maybe you, like me, need to forgive ourselves for not being perfect.  When you think about it, it’s really silly to believe perfection is always realistic.  After all, none of us is at the top of our game all the time.  To gently tell ourselves, “It’s OK.  I don’t have to achieve perfection in everything  I do.  I’m flawed and limited,”  is OK.

The only perfect entity is God.  And when it comes to understanding our weaknesses, it is only God who can fully relate, through His Son, Jesus, who understands our weaknesses, frustrations, and sorrows.   Jesus lived a life colored with human inclinations because He is fully God and fully human.  He lived a life molded by simplicity and privation and touchd by deep sorrow.  He can relate to a broken, discouraged human, comfort any type of sorrow, and mend us by His eternal love for each one of us.

Do you ever not know what to say to God—how to pray?  I suggest talking to God like you would a friend.  Many people I’ve talked to have this type of rich, rewarding relationship with Him.  Jesus is knocking at your door.  Opening it may be a humbling experience.

Yes, we do need God.  He created us with an inner craving for Him that can’t be filled by anyone or anything else.  We may feel self sufficient, but He gave us our abilities and we should stay close to Him even in our successes.  To give the glory only to Him brings us blessings He is happy to shower on us.  He will reward the person who acknowledges Him as our benevolent Creator and Sustainer.

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