Finding Significance in Life
through Active Relational
Engagement with God
by Harvey L. Diamond
At some point most people have thoughts of “making a difference.” Whether that difference is in the family, school, work place, community, city or world at large, we base our thoughts on seeing things we don’t like and want to change.
We think different thoughts based on how God created us. Some people are drawn to invent or create something new. Some want to have a better family life. Others simply want to do something good or have a positive influence on others.
The truth is that God created us with an internal longing to truly be and feel significant. We all look for ways to express our self-worth. Some try to create a sense of self-worth through accomplishments; others find it by being part of something. Unfortunately, though, pressures often mount. Conflicts may arise, or we may simply find ourselves on a performance treadmill. So questions arise. “What’s it all for?” “Who am I trying to please?”
The pulls of life do work on us. They will drive us—sometimes to extremes. Where to? Whom to? Will we find something to do just feel good about ourselves? Will we seek companionship out of loneliness? Will we find avenues of pleasure as a means of escape? Will we find real freedom? Will we find real peace?
God wired us to find real freedom, peace, joy and significance in Him—His love! Truly, we will find real acceptance and significance in God. Now I don’t mean religion, but real LIFE through a relationship with a relational God. Yes, God’s love is real. You can experience it.
People may disappoint you. But God cannot. Our expectations of God can also disappoint us if we don’t know God’s truths. But God’s word is true and His Holy Spirit is real and will manifest God’s presence. It’s a matter of wanting it and seeking it; seeking God.
Experiencing the life of God is a matter of finding God the way He can be found. He shared a simple truth through Moses in Deuteronomy 30:14. He said His truth is very close at hand; in fact “in your heart” so that you can hear it and respond to it.
He has repeatedly invited all to find Him. Hear His heart speaking through the Hebrew prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Seek the LORD while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
How to find God? How to hear His voice speaking to your heart? One way God did prescribe as a way to relate and interact with Him was through the Appointed Times of the Lord. They, in effect, serve as a blueprint of the way God planned to relate and engage with His people on a continuous basis.
In fact, we’ve created an easy way to learn to relate with God through our PATHWAYS TO GLORY Relational Devotional. Check it out. Through this devotional, you will find a balanced approach to engaging and relating with our relational God and nurturing trusting faith in a way He designed. The Lord bless you along the journey!