Many people have given up on God. They feel that because things have not worked out the way they planned, serving God is not worth the time or the effort.
This feeling and attitude comes from not understanding God. There are some things that man must understand in order to grasp God’s love and greatness of God.
It must be understood that God is not man. God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. Man makes a mistake when he tries to bring God down to his level. That cannot be done. Man’s ways and God’s ways are not the same. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Down through the ages, men have tried to help God when they thought things should happen a certain way, the way they wanted things to go. Our world would be a different place today if Abraham and Sarah had realized that God did not need their help. When Sarah could not bear children, she gave her handmaiden, Hagar, to Abraham to have his child. From this relationship, Ishmael was born. Later, after Sarah had the promised child Isaac, the Bible states she dealt harshly with Hagar and Ishmael so that they fled from her. The descendants of the two boys have been fighting ever since. Men need to learn to study and apply God’s word to their lives.
It needs to be understood that while God is not man, God is for man. When we look at the Biblical account of creation, we see that God prepared the Earth for man to inhabit before he created man. God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth” (Genesis 1:26). Man had air to breath, land to stand on, water to drink, plants for food and work to do (Genesis 1:29, 2:15). When God saw man was alone, God made help for man. (Genesis 2:20-25). The family was formed, with Adam and Eve living in the garden God prepared for them. God provided all the things man needed.
Then when Satan tempted mankind, man gave in and failed to obey God’s commands. Yet even when man rebelled against God, God still cared about them. The great love God has for man was seen in his willingness to send Christ to die for all men. This is the greatest love story ever known to man; God is for man.
Finally, it must be understood that God waits for man. God gave man the ability to choose whether or not to follow God. God has given man all that is needed to make the right choice. He gave the only sacrifice that could be given for man (Christ); he has given his word to be written down so that everyone can know what is expected of them. God wants all men to be saved, but he will not make man follow him. Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God’s word teaches the necessity of faith, but not faith alone (James 2:17-19).
Man must be willing to change his life or to repent, to confess that Jesus is the son of God, and then to be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.