“I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ Himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3
Many times I’ve heard that most of, if not all, of our troubles stem out of our desire for both intimacy and to belong. Of course, this refers to belonging in and with God and having intimacy with Him, not man.
I’ve also heard people go on and on about how they can’t wrap their head around God and understand the reason why He does what He does. They can’t comprehend Him, and they assume that’s okay, and don’t even try. Well, I am here to challenge that today.
Is not understanding God okay? Yes! How can you fully ever understand Him right now? I think the problem likes with not wanting to or trying to. Do you need to understand Him? No. But He wants us to seek Him!
It’s kind of like marrying someone, and then being just fine with not knowing anything about them after marriage. “Oh, I know the basics. You’re too complex for me to figure out and get to know.” See, it’s all about relationship. That would just be weird to say that to your spouse! And your spouse might even get a little offended. Well, good news. God isn’t offended!
God isn’t expecting us to understand everything about Him and all His wonderful mysteries, He just wants us to seek Him out.
So if we were made to belong, how do we do just that? Other than ignore all of the world’s unfulfilling things, including the trap of trying to belong with people, it’s simple. Belong in God’s great plan, and you will become a mystery to the world.
So how do you belong in God’s great and mysterious plan? Well, first, you have to understand it. If you understand this mystery, you will belong in it. The answer is simple. Jesus Christ. It says in the verse above that Jesus is God’s mysterious plan.
So wouldn’t it make sense that knowing Jesus Christ personally, in a real relationship mean we know God’s plan and if we are in Christ, that means we are in His plan! Because Jesus IS the plan. He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), and thus we will find the sense of belonging and intimacy we have been searching for, the ones we were created for.
Walking and living in our identity is a fruit of a relationship with Jesus, with knowing Him.
Does knowing Him mean I know everything about Him? Nope. I know my parents well, but there are things I still don’t know, and things I find out that are new all the time! And thus, He wants us to search Him out.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Proverbs 25:2
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:19′
“He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 12:14
“The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”
Psalm 14:2, Psalm 53:2
I think a lot of people don’t realize how much of a real person God truly is. So many people believe that a relationship with God consists of “formal prayer” and on your knees begging for forgiveness, or even a wave of his presence where you fall down on the floor at church or some event or something. But He is so much more than this.
Do you know God is interested in everything you are interested in? That’s because you’re interested in it! You can talk about anything with Him.
Not just requests. Not just thanking or praising Him. Not just repenting. So much more. Treat Him like your best friend. Just try it for one day! Imagine you were hanging out with your closest friend or loved one, think about things you would say to them while you were with them. Why couldn’t (and in my opinion wouldn’t) you treat the Holy Spirit in the same manner? I’m not joking! I tell Him about the book I just read, something I just bought, whatever I’m excited about, the last episode of T.V. I watched, my school work, and so on. Sure, He knows all about those things, but it’s about the relationship. It’s like a parent who was watching their child participate in a play. The parent probably knows every line in the script from hearing their kid practice, watched them perform, saw the whole thing and knows all about it, heck, they’ve been there every step of the way! They probably know how the child was feeling all along, the excitement, the nerves, the fear, the hard work. But they still want to hear all about it from the child’s lips. God is the same way.
This is why He is so much better than a golden idol! Why do we treat Him like one? Not expecting replies unless it’s a booming voice about direction of where to go, but the gentle whisper of a loving parent, desiring to hear the heart of their child and growing close to them. Perhaps it’s not so much about letting God know stuff (how arrogant!) but it’s for us. He’s making sure we feel heard and loved and listened to. Like He cares about even the tiniest of details in our lives, because, surprise surprise, He actually does. We may not be worth His time and attention, but He still gives it to us freely because, through Jesus, He made us worthy.
He didn’t make Adam for Adam to do formal prayers and rituals and to every now and then get knocked down by His glory, and Adam sure didn’t get fulfilled by that. He didn’t make Adam to take care of the animals (you don’t think God could have done that Himself?), and Adam didn’t get fulfilled by that, either.
No, Adam was made to walk with God. To talk with Him. To be in relationship with Him. That’s what we were created for.
And that’s how we find belonging and true intimacy. In our everyday walk (and talk!) with God.
I challenge you to treat Him like your best friend for one week. Tell Him everything that means anything to you. Tell Him your pains, your struggles, your joys, your jokes. Even if you think it must be mundane to Him, it isn’t Because if it isn’t mundane to you, it’s not mundane to Him. If it’s important to you, you can bet it’s important to Him.
So tell Him everything, and seek Him with all your heart. How could you go wrong with that?