Coming to God

Coming to God

by Joan Ray

Coming to God How do we come? I used think that it mattered how we came.Then suddenly my eyes were open. Each human child is different. Different from birth.
Why is that? It is because He created each of us as unique individuals. So the way I approach God, in my woundedness may be different from the way you approach him. It is true that he says that we can come boldly unto the throne of grace. But boldness for me might be a whisper. For you it might be a mighty shout. I may be timid and you may be fearless. But He already knows that and He expects us each to come to him in our own unique way.

He showed me the truth of this by remembering babies. After they learn to walk, they each begin to separate from "mother." To go out from her. To venture into the world. Go to a park and watch toddlers at play. All are working on the same developmental task. But see how differently they go about it. For each has his/her own unique nature. One may be clinging to Mother's skirt. One may be simply peeking out from beside her with his/her whole body leaning on her. One may already be across the playground from her and only glancing back to smile and assure himself of safety. Another may step away for a moment only to return.

Does any mother love her child less because of his personality? Hopefully not. Are the toddlers condemned because of the way they relate? Certainly not. Then is it Ok for us to cling to God? Or to approach him timidly? Or fearlessly? If one is timid, or wounded does it not take great courage to come to a Holy God at all? And in the coming and continuing to come, just like the toddlers we will learn that He is our safety.

We can come. We can share all of us. And he does not condemn us for our manner of coming. The Word says, "seek and continue to seek."      Ask and continue to ask.
          Stand and continue to stand.
It does not say seek or stand or come in a cookie cutter fashion. No, he says, "Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."

There is no qualification.

It does not say that only those who are acceptable come. It says ALL come. We are all acceptable (lovely ) in his eyes for he created us. Is there something in our lives that has been holding us back from fully yielding (coming) into his embrace? Some hurt, some pain, some sorrow? Unforgivness? Secret sins? Anything that we see as unacceptable or too big or small for God?

He came for us, so that we could have abundant life. Let us go to him to receive all that he has to offer.

Luke 11: 9 (Amplified Bible)So I say to you, Ask and [a]keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and [b]keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and [c]keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.

10For everyone who asks and [d]keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and [e]keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and [f]keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened.

Ephesians 6:13 (Amplified Bible)

13Therefore put on God's complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

Matthew 11:28 (King James Version) 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (New International Version) 28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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