- Religion and Philosophy
Becoming More Aware of His Presence!
We're enclosed by truths that govern our lives, and yet most of the time we live subconsciously knowing those truths but for the good majority of time, being unaware of them. For example, the law of gravity exists and makes its authenticity present to us whether we are just walking or whether we decide to jump off of a building. We all have an understanding of the capabibility that gravity holds but for the most part we are not consciously aware of it.
When you decide to jump off of a high place onto the ground and end up breaking some bones, you can't rightfully say that gravity was the one that broke your bones. It was a consequence of not adhering to the law of gravity. Walking in accordance to the law of gravity will allow you to become more appreciative of the fact that it was created to protect you.
The Bible explains in John that we can and should remain in God's love. When you come to God and submit to Him, knowing how much He loves you, your life will automatically produce more of the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) (Galatians 5:22 & 23).
The only difference between obeying the law of gravity and being obedient to God is that the former practice involves succumbing to a law and the latter practice involves an action of the heart. We have been set free from the chains of the law. When you submit to God, you're not submitting to a law but to a being that loves you more than anyone else.
Something Else We're Unaware of
Something else you probably don't think about every day- you have legs that enable you to walk. Until you see someone in a wheelchair, you aren't made aware of the fact that you're blessed to have your legs working the way that God created them to. Even when you do meet someone in a wheelchair, you probably aren't immediately aware of the truth that God has provided provision for everyone to have healthy legs through the finished work of the cross. You just become more grateful that your legs work.
Before you met the person in the wheelchair, you subconsciously knew that your legs worked. Otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to walk. After you met the person in the wheelchair, you could still walk. The truth itself did not change. The only thing that changed was your perspective of your situation. It became impressed upon your heart to see your circumstance from a place of awe instead of apathy.
In the same way, if we're not intentional about seeking and becoming more aware of God's truth, then we don't have any real confidence about the truths that surround us daily in the spiritual realm. The truth that God has good plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11) will exist for eternity but we may not be able to receive the full benefits of it if we're unaware of how good His truths are. All of His truths are found in His word and they can produce the awe-inspiring reality that God is good all of the time.
Accepting the Truth for What it is
The moment you realize a truth to be true is not the moment that it's brought into existence. But it can initiate the process of bringing a change of perspective.
The truth is that God Himself loves you beyond comprehension, regardless of your good or bad deeds. The truth is that His plans are good for you no matter what heart-aches we have encountered or will encounter.
We tend to base God's love on our situations in life. Therefore, God's love seems to fluctuate and we never have confidence that God is always good. But when we base God's love on the truth and not on our own reasoning, we can abandon our tendency to expect the negative and we can consistently think on "whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure..." (Philippians 4:8).
Even when we encounter trouble, we can know that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). This involves a constant renewal of the mind. The more time we spend with God and His word, the more we can begin to think like Him and fully become more aware of His presence.