“I can’t be bothered by a God that has been so absent in my life. He doesn’t care, He doesn’t answer prayer, he is not present in every aspect of my life!”
Ever had to address this in a person’s life? It is happening more and more it seems. In an ever increasing self deluded narcissistic culture………. where Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google Circle, cycle the world around the individual (around you, me, us), the person deluded about God (Who He is and What He does or doesn’t do), ………it’s only going to get worse!
“God doesn’t care about me!!!!!!!!”
Do you care about Him?
Do you even give him the time of day? The way you would a stranger on the side of a road, when asked……… Oh …….., God doesn’t ask…. so you don’t even give Him that.
Where is God? Right where He always is…………, He never changes, but we are so self/inwardly focused we fail to see him. We have so much distracting us,…. all our electronic gadgets…… smartphones, tablets, computers, televisions…. we miss the Truth all around us.
Just take a look at the new Facebook virtual reality goggles, Oculus……
We don’t see the very answers to prayer, we prayed for because it doesn’t fit our idea of what the answer should be(what we covet) Or perhaps we just can’t see past the distractions we’ve immersed ourselves in.
Over the years I’ve come to believe….all this man made technology is straight from the pit of Hell. I hear people bemoan smart phones, and the distraction they are continually.
Go to any restaurant, and take a moment to look about….each family member has a phone out. No one speaking to each other. Everyone self absorbed!
Spend a day at Cedar Point, Disney, or Universal, and watch the families enjoying their phones as they stand in 2 hour lines for rides. No one talking to each other!
In the movie Wall-E you can see what we are becoming…. mind numbed, all knowing, but never seeing, human beings.
I’m not above what I’m describing, and neither are you. We are all easily distracted by man’s creations, that we miss being part of God’s amazing Creation!
We all are self victimized by the sense of our own personification! We all pridefully behold ourselves as the center of the universe, at times.
Yet, we aren’t even the center of our own families world, because they’re all too busy being the center of the universe.
We are consumed by our own desires on a regular basis, thanks to an ever increasing ability to self program our own entertainment, just an arms length away. Unfortunately when we have to enter into the real world…… we often find it lagging way behind the make believe one, we are mesmerized by, in our HD screen version. It doesn’t seem concerned to entertain us and fulfill us the same way!?!?!?
The Truth is that the Universe was created for the glory of God, not us. We as creations and part of the universe were designed, not to be orbited by others, but to orbit God. Not to be self absorbed, but be absorbing God. He is to be our center. We are to glorify Him, by knowing him, accepting Him as our center and distributing who He is, in us, to others.
When we don’t do this, we will find life less than it is meant to be.
Truth is Jesus Christ. When that is understood by us, and we know Him, we will be at our best. When we know the Truth, we understand the world. Unfortunately, man seeks to understand the world, without first knowing Him. Thus, man misses the Truth.
“What is truth?” ~ Pilate
In a relativistic society it is still possible to know the Truth. However, You need to be willing to pay the price in order to do so! You need to die to yourself. Give up the self absorbed, me first, mentality, that is trumpeted to us everywhere we look these days.
We are blinded by the lack of our relationship, one on one with God. To know Him, and understand His ways, we have to spend time with Him. Time in prayer (conversing), Time reading what He has revealed about Himself (in the Bible), Time with those who already know Him (in church). Instead, we are blinded by the excessive input of relativism that is on all of the screens we gaze into., or made deaf by all the static we input into our minds.
“Repeat a lie often enough and it will be believed” ~ unknown
Although generally attributed by Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels (Hitler’s Doctor of propaganda), perhaps Hitler himself is the originator of this idea.
“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.” ~ Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
I think none other than Satan himself coined the phrase, and has been using it ever since He himself fell from Heaven. His lies repeated so often, by so many, and through so many clever devices, is so easily concluded to be Truth! It doesn’t matter the evidence doesn’t coincide.
Science just ignores the gaps in it’s theories, and tell us God doesn’t exist, because they have no evidence. Yet they don’t do what is required to know God. Spending time with Him! Neither do we. So we are deceived, and we believe God is absent.
My wife, over dinner insists our family set aside our electronic devices, so we can stay connected to each other through conversation. So we can know what’s up in each other’s lives, as we share our days. That’s how we personally relate to one another.
The great thing about spending time with God in this personal way, is the more you do it, the more you learn about Him, the more you want to spend time with Him! The more you benefit from relationship with Him, the more you want to know Him deeper!
“24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” ~ Matthew16:24-25
Truer Truth does not exist! Continue to long for the world as you would see it, as opposed to the Creators version…..and your life is lost in confusion.
You say God is Absent? Really……… or are you just not willing to pay the price of dying to your own selfishness, praying for things in hopes of purely personal benefits. If you open up to God, and close down to yourself, you find, that God is opening up all kinds of new possibilitiies, through unimagined answers to prayer, you never saw before!
Ponder this as you curl up with your electronic device: When you ask God for something in a prayer, aren’t you treating Him as a person. Asking a parent for something.
Could it be, the problem with this “absent god,” is easily understood in that; When we need Him …… we personalize Him, but objectify Him all the other times, thus making him no God at all! That being the case why would we even expect action by Him on our behalf, and how would we recognize it even if He did act.
Well….. He does act every day for every one of us, you just have to know Him to recognize it!
“1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge”
~ Psalm 19:1-2
“21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images ”
~ Romans 1: 21-25
God has shown Himself to all, and some recognize His creation, but never take the time to get to know Him. Instead some try to understand the world, and skew the Truth, distracting themselves with every image and lie that the world puts forth.
Get personal with Him! Know Him! Understand Him! Surrender yourself to Him! Perhaps then you’ll see…… He wasn’t absent at all. It was you that was the absentee!