(Before It's News)
“How did you find God? Like, what happened? What clicked? What does it feel like?”
A friend of mine texted me this question out of the blue tonight.
It took me a while to respond.
Not because I didn’t know what to say.
I just didn’t know how to say it.
Here's my futile attempt.
I believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God. Whatever it says is right and true and holy.
One verse in it talks about how man has fallen short of the glory of God.
This means that we as humans cannot compare to God’s glory and because of the sin in our lives, there is a barrier between us and Him.
But there is hope!
Because God loves His creation, He wanted to save us from ourselves, from the sin that we carry in our imperfect souls and that is in this world, so He sent His only Son to come to this earth and die for us, making Himself a human sacrifice. And because of His blood covering us, God no longer sees our sin. He sees His Son’s perfection and selfless love.
As far as how I found God, well, I didn’t.
He found me.
Because since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes, His eternal power and His divine nature have been clearly seen by all, so no one is without excuse of His power and glory. You can’t look at this universe, the galaxies, a newborn baby, a snowflake, a fingerprint, without seeing His beautiful and perfect design. He’s a Creator who is intimately acquainted with His creation and takes delight in showing His glory through His work. He wants to have a relationship with us. That’s how He designed for it to be in the Garden of Eden, but man chose sin over God and thus began the barrier between human and holy.
Before He found me, I was just a wandering soul, living in a human world, content in my own way of life. No person wakes up one day and decides “I’m going to follow Jesus.” It doesn’t work like that. There has to be an inward change of the heart, and then an outward declaration of faith.
But the only One who can change the heart is the Holy Spirit.
You see, God is a God of order. He is not chaotic. He plans, He purposes, He predestines. Before the foundation of the world, He foreknew His chosen ones, the ones He would conform into the image of His Son. And the ones He predestines, He calls. And the ones who come, He justifies. And the ones He justifies, He glorifies.
What does it feel like? Well, I will be one hundred percent honest and say that the Christian life is no easy journey. It’s not all sunshine and roses once you’ve received His calling and committed to a relationship with Him.
Because it goes against human nature.
We want to be our own god. We want to make our own decisions. We want to make our own rules. God gave us His Word because He knows what’s best for us and what is evil and what is right. And through it, He tells us so. The enemy, also, wages wars against God’s people. We do not fight battles against flesh and blood but against evil spirits and the world forces of darkness. The war has already been won though. After He died on the cross, Jesus was buried for three days, yet rose again, defeating the greatest curse – death.
He has overcome.
And we will win.
For greater is He who is in us, then he who is of the world.
And I consider that anything I suffer from in this present age won’t be worthy to be compared to the glory that I will receive when I die and go to heaven.
So no, I didn’t find God. He found me.
And by His sovereign unexplainable love, He chose me as one of His own.
What does it feel like?
It feels like the most freedom you can ever have, the greatest victory you will ever experience, and the sweetest love you will ever receive.
And while the Christian walk is a difficult journey to follow, I will never regret my commitment to Him. He gave His life for me, so I’m living my life for Him.
And He is so worth it.