Also... Read the article below to learn more about
knowing God personally and finding real satisfaction in life.
of people make the same mistake in relation to God.
One day Jessica discovered a treasure - a shiny nail embeded in the carpet. She raised it expectantly to her lips. When her dad took it away, Jessica became furious. Amid the screams, her dad wondered about her thoughts: Dad, give me that nail! Dont you want me to be happy? Why are you so mean to me?!
You woud be spared this trauma, my sweetheart, he thought as he looked down at her, if you only knew how much I love you. You should trust me because I really am on your side. You cannot even begin to understand how this nail would tear you up on the inside.
Jessica saw no need to look to her father for wisdom. Although she had no concept of what was dangerous or deadly, she had great confidence in her own judgement.
Because of God's great love, He yearns for us to come into a right relationship with Him and to follow His instructions. My precious child, you should trust Me because I really am on your side. I forbid only those things which would damage you. You cannot begin to understand how it tears you up on the inside when you deviate from My instructions. If something is really good for you, I want you to have it.
God is not the cosmic killjoy He is often portrayed to be. In fact, the Bible declared that just the opposite is true: "You show me the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy. In Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11)
God desires our lives to be richly satisfying - filled with purpose,
peace, freedom, and love - both in this life and in heaven forever. Genuine
satisfaction is found only in a relationship with Him. There is an emptiness
inside of us that only God can fill. He alone can satisfy our hearts.
God sent us a Rescuer, a Savior. Tragically, some people reject His help. They say...
Some of us recognize this separation and attempt to make
ourselves good enough to be in right standing with God. However, such
efforts are like trying to swim from California to Hawaii. Whether you
and I are Olympic swimming champions or dog paddlers makes no difference.
Likewise, whether we are relatively righteous or hopelessly unrighteous,
we all fall far short of God's standard: "All have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God"(Romans 3:23).
"Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous
for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter
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