John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” What do you think this verse means? God desires obedience. When we are obedient, He feels loved and valued. We cannot simply say that we love God if we do not show Him. God desires to feel valued and loved also. He will love and value you way more than you will Him, but in my opinion, He wants to have that mutual, genuine relationship. I believe at some point in life, every believer in God desires to be closer to Him, and create a deeper relationship. There are many ways one can draw closer and have an intimate connection with the Father. Prayer, worship, studying of the Word, listening to teachings, etc. Just as a parent is so very pleased when their child is obedient with a humble motive/heart, so also is our Heavenly Father pleased when we obey His commandments with a pure and contrite heart.
There is a daily devotional that I read by Joyce Meyer that inspired me to write this article. The title of her small article that I read is called God Lives In You. There are some people that search and search for God and don’t hear a reply, or don’t get to experience an encounter with Him, and don’t feel that deep longing of peace. There are those that cry out to God daily, unleashing all of their problems and burdens to Him. There are those that question God and ask Him why this, and why that? My friends, do you know that God hears every prayer and cry that you send to Him?
God has designed such a beautiful world, that we often take for granted. We often get too caught up with what we have going on, that we forget to take a deep breath and breathe in the fresh air that He so freely provides for us. It is man that has corrupted what God has created as perfection. But it is also man that has a choice to make a difference in this world to help change it back to how it was supposed to be.
There are too many people who ask this question, thus blaming God for their current struggles and situations. Many of us were taught to pray in the good and in the bad, praise God through it all. Sadly, there are also a good number of us who question God during the tough times, and only thank and praise during the good.
Perhaps you live an extraordinarily busy life. Perhaps there are moments you wish didn't exist. Perhaps you are enjoying a small moment of relaxation before getting up to finish the busy tasks before the end of the day. You may have a thousand things on your mind going through your head you can barely concentrate on one thing at a time. When you get some downtime to yourself, perhaps you decide to read. Your eyes blur over the words, but your mind is going 100 miles per hour thinking, stressing, doubting, and fearing; at the end of the paragraph you have no idea what you just read.