What God Most Desires
I've been thinking about our lives in relationship to God. Often we don't want to be too far away from Him, but neither do we want to get so close that He can easily get to us. A comfort zone is OK. After all, it's good to be on the side of God but just don't get too carried away with this business of religion.
Why are we afraid of getting too close to God, or letting Him get too close to us? There are three clusters of fear that keep us on the spiritual beltway - neither too close not too far away.
Fear 1: You can never really please God, so why try? A lot of folks - especially those who have had parents whose expectations were difficult to meet - think they can never be good enough or spiritual enough for God to receive them and fully love them.
Fear 2: You will lose control of your life if you allow God to get close to you. The issue of "who is in charge" keeps lots of people on a spiritual beltway. Yes, they want to be close enough to get God's attention when things get desperate but not so close that they can't make a spiritual detour.
Fear 3: You will be asked to do something you don't like and to stop doing something you like but God dislikes. But most of our fears are irrational and without foundation. God is a loving Father who wants the best for us.
When you understand who God is and how compelling is His desire to have fellowship with you, you quickly abandon the beltway of your comfort and strive to move towards the presence of the Almighty.
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. MATTHEW 14:25