Why loving God gets good
We spend our lives frustrated. Even when we know God in some sense, it doesn’t all go the way we want. Why do we end up shaking our fist at God, complaining that he hasn’t done it right?
Isaiah 58’s answer is that we’re going through the motions instead of having a real relationship with God. When you really love him, it changes everything:
• You no longer do your good ‘duties’ - you love living for him!
• You stop compartmentalising life, as if some bits are to do with God, and other bits aren’t. Instead you see all of it as God’s.
• You stop hitting brick walls, and find him answering prayers.
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: here am I.”
How will we relate to God like that? By getting how he’s related to us in Jesus. He loved us so much he sent his Son to die for us. He stooped that low for us! When that sinks in, we are overwhelmed with gratitude and love for him.
And at last, true satisfaction in life is found.