I have been thinking about something that I wondered if any of you ever thought about. How do you think God feels when people reject Him? Oh, as Christians we know the right answer to give – it hurts Him. But have you ever really thought about the details? How would we feel in the same situation?
Have you ever tried to be a friend to someone who really did not appreciate what you had to offer? Have you genuinely loved someone, but they didn’t love back? We have been in situations where we did everything from helping with serious problems to just offering hospitality and love. We were always there. We never changed. Our beliefs in what scripture says never changed. We never waivered in our belief that God is the answer in every situation. We never tried to force anyone to believe the way we believe, although we did share with them what we believe God wants in every situation. We have dried tears and calmed hysterical people going through tough situations. We’ve opened our home to people. And people accept these things we have to offer when the going is rough, or they just need someone to visit with. We’ve offered love and waited for people to accept it.
Then it hit me…..that’s what God does. God is always there, knocking on the door but never breaking in. He never forces people to accept him. He stands outside, waiting for an invitation into our lives. He is always there, even when we think He is not. He never changes. His word is always the same. He doesn’t cram that word down our throats. He just waits for us to see that His word is true. He offers everything He has to those who will accept it. He even paid the debt that our sin required. He was convicted of death in our place. And even when we balk at accepting Him, He still loves us – with all His heart.
But sadly, so many people never ask Him to come in. Or they call for Him in their time of need, but push Him back out the door when things seem to be going better. Many are too blind to see that His way is the very best.
As human beings, it hurts us terribly when people reject what we have to offer. Or when they just use what we give, and then say, “Thanks but no thanks.” But that only gives us a glimpse at what it must be like for God. He created us. He loved us. He sent his son to die for us. And He waits for us to see the value in what He has to offer, and invite Him into our lives.
We are still here for those we have loved. They’ll always know where to find us. They can rely on us.
God is always there. You can always find Him and always talk to him. You can rely on Him and trust Him.
Try it. Prove to yourself that what He says is true.
I was thinking about a woman we helped during her divorce (we provided marriage counseling for them before the divorce). She literally would call me 20 times a day (both on our home phone and my cell phone). My cell phone bill during that time was unbelievable. She had an abusive husband and every time he would do something, she would call. And I was more than glad for her to do that, and more than glad to do whatever I could to help her. She had led kind of a promiscuous life, and we had talked about that. During her divorce, she started entertaining the idea of dating this other man who was interested in her. I kept telling her to wait until the divorce was final. But she didn’t listen. I kept telling her that God did not want her to sleep with him without being married to him. But she didn’t listen there, either. She wanted my help and my advice when it suited her purpose, but when I told her what the Bible said about the things she was doing, she started pulling away. It wasn’t what she wanted to hear. And she was a member of our church! What God says is what she should have been most interested in. I never, ever got ugly in trying to urge her to abide by God’s rules. She would ask me what I thought, and I would tell her what God says. But she finally pulled completely away because God’s word was contrary to what she wanted to do. She told me, “God knows how I am, and He will forgive.” Well, yes, that’s true, but she has been paying a price for her disobedience. God paid the ultimate price for our sin in that Jesus died as the sacrifice for our sin, but He did not say we would not suffer because of our decisions.
Annalissa was correct when she said you cannot make the horse drink. Someone else told me “this horse has to be thirsty to drink.” Oh….the hours I have spent praying that that horse will get completely dehydrated!!