It is impossible to form a relationship with someone through a third party.
For instance, it would be illogical for me to assume that Oprah Winfrey and I were close pals just because I knew her best friend Gayle. In fact, it would be an insult to Oprah’s character to think that the depth of who she is could be attained through a relationship with anyone other than Oprah, herself.
Yet, isn’t that exactly what we do to God?
We try to understand Him through other people, religion, and our own ideas of who he should be.
Think about your view of God. Whether you: love, hate, or are indifferent toward Him, consider how you came to that belief.
All of the various reasons for our false views of God have at least one commonality: the source.
We entrust the perfect spirit of God to be relayed to us solely through the middle man of human fallacy. No matter how deep my personal relationship is with God, you cannot gaze into His eyes by looking into mine.
He wants to reveal himself to us directly, but we have to invite Him in.
In human relationships, we put in effort and time to show someone that we care. We learn about them and come to understand them on deeper levels in order to love them at our fullest capacity.
God wants the same thing. He wants us to seek him fully, so that he can reveal himself to us in ways we never knew possible. But he doesn’t want to be treated like an obligation.
Obligatory love is conditional. Those types of relationships don’t last long because people are simply going through the motions. God doesn’t want us to go to church because we should. He doesn’t want us to read our Bible because we’re suppose to. He doesn’t want our time so he can waste it. He wants us to engage in these these activities so that we can come to know him personally.
Trying to understand God through the rationale of this physical world, leaves us stumped, upset, frustrated, and sometimes resentful. His ways are unlike our own and far wiser. If we try to reach God through other avenues, we will eventually be disappointed and fall short of seeing his goodnes. Through building a direct relationship with God, we learn to trust in him through our own experiences.
“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
Imagine if an entire book was on the cover page- what would be the point of opening it?
God isn’t a fable on a shelf; He wants us to know more than just the summary of who He is. He longs for us to read every page in the book of His heart. All of the rules that we feel are restrictions to our freedom and independence, God wants us to understand, are His protection.
If someone started a bad rumor about us, wouldn’t we want people to give us the benefit of the doubt and come to us directly regarding the accusations?
Many people claiming to know God have started rumors about who he is and what he stands for. We have believed them for so long without giving God the opportunity to speak for himself.
At the very least, let’s pay Him the same respect we’d want for ourselves. Let’s set aside our beliefs of who we think He is, who we’ve been told He is, and who we have created Him to be. Let us have the courage to knock on the front door of God’s heart and find out who He is for ourselves.