Yes, I’m in a relationship. It may not seem like it sometimes, but I’m all in (or at least I try to be). Before you start asking, I’m talking about my relationship with the Lord. There are many of us who try to follow God, but it’s hard! We’re born as sinners, so it’s natural to gravitate toward sin. I strive to have an authentic relationship with God, but often times I fall short. It’s a Yo-Yo relationship: sometimes I’m super passionate about God and have a strong prayer life and other times I get complacent and go through life alone.
Today at church, our pastor preached Pslam 84 and it was definitely convicting. Basically this chapter is about a psalmist who is extremely passionate about God. He yearns to be close to God. He wished he was a sparrow so he could sit near God’s alter. He’d even trade 1,000 days just for one day with the Lord! Verse 10 also says, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked”. Basically he’d rather have a lowly job because every time he opens the door, he’d be able to event get a glimpse of God. That’s pretty powerful.
My pastor went on to discuss the importance of being passionate about the Lord and having that hunger for him at all times. This is the Lord who created the heavens and the Earth; he provides when we most need him. He is always faithful even though we don’t deserve it. We deserve eternal damnation, but he sent us his only son to die for us! Now that’s true love. So why do we fall into this yo-yo love? I fall into this trap all the time and it’s something I’m working on, but when we think about how much God loves us and how faithful he is, how can we not have the same passion as the psalmist?
Sin. The world feeds us lies about how following God is boring. However, if your life is boring, then you aren’t living it correctly! A life with God is filled with joy and I know this from experience. This time last year my relationship with God was nonexistent. I was going through the motions (well not really even that since I didn’t pray, read the word or go to church). It was definitely the darkest period of my life, but fortunately, God saved me from myself. A life without God is meaningless. All good things come from the Lord. Verse 11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless” – Now this doesn’t mean he’s going to give you a $1 billion dollars, a nice house, etc., but he will give you exactly what you need. He is faithful and he will always come through. Now blameless doesn’t mean perfect in this context, because the Bible says no one, but Jesus is perfect. It’s basically those who follow the Lord.
God’s love is something words cannot describe. I can try, but I’ll fail miserably. However I hope this is something everyone can experience because it’s life changing.
This tree is a small symbol of God’s love. So basically pink cherry blossom is my favorite type of tree and while every other tree on my block was either another kind of tree or a white cherry blossom, the one by my apartment was Pink! Now, you’re probably like OK so God’s giving you a tree? It’s more than that. He knows us best – what we like, what we don’t like, etc. If you want a bigger example: NYC. I never had a desire to move to NY and only did because of my job. However, I fell in love with this city and God has provided everything I need and more. Now, that’s not always going to be the case. For example, the previous year I was going through a hard time, but God is still faithful and got me through it.
Having a relationship with God isn’t easy because sin likes to creep up on us. But once we have the same passion as the psalmist, we can live life to the fullest. God’s love is the ultimate true love and even when we stray, he always pulls us back – like a Yo-Yo*.
– The Real Swaggy P
**Note: Yo-Yo refers to us straying and God pulling us back in addition us going back and forth because when God pulls us back that’s when we get our fire back. Once we get complacent, we start to stray.