Have you ever taken a sleeping pill or Tylenol PM and never quite come out of the fog the next morning? You know you have slept well the night before, but you still feel a little groggy and not quite up to par. You can get through the day, but you keep thinking, “If I could just lay down for another couple of hours, I could gain some clarity.” Instead, you push through and get through the day, all the while knowing that life could be just a little better.
Living life without God is a lot like that sleeping pill. Life can be good without God. You can experience success; get through the daily tasks without ever really needing to call on God or believe in His son, Jesus. Yet, you know that life could be just a little better, and you just don’t know how. You may have even thought, “Is there more to life than this?” Nothing tragic has happened. Life is routine, uneventful and even boring at times. All the boxes in your life are full to a comfortable level.
The funny thing is this; we can live a life of comfortable despair and never know we are in misery. We have grown accustomed to this way of life. The fog is almost, well, acceptable. We don’t realize there is more. Yet, at the same time, we wonder if there is.
You see there’s life and then there’s life to the fullest. There’s watching someone sail the seas and then there is sailing the seas! There’s looking at travel guides to Hawaii and then there’s soaking up the sun on the beaches of Hawaii. The difference between living life without God and living with Him is this very concept. We can hear about the abundant life in Jesus…and think, “Yeah, yeah, I hear you, but who needs Him?”
Well, it’s this simple: the one who wants to live life to the brim not to the base needs Him.
The cool thing is this, living life with God brings all kinds of amazing promises that we cannot fathom or experience without knowing Him in our life. Without Him leading, guiding, and filling every crevice of our existence, we will only know the facts about Him. Facts are living life at the base. But when we embrace all that He has to offer by trusting in His Son, Jesus, we live life on a whole different level. We live to the uttermost brim, overflowing with not only clarity, but breathtaking encounters.
You see, Malachi 3:6 says, “I the Lord do not change.” Some of you may be saying right now, “Well, I tried that life and I just didn’t experience better.” Did you miss your part when you tried? Again, the Lord does not change. That’s the hard-core truth. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is not made up of shifting shadows that one day please and the next destroy. He is constant. He is faithful. His promises to us do come true in our life.
And it’s a good thing He does not change. For if the God of the universe, who created heaven and earth and all these entail is full of changes, then we would be surely destroyed. Grace would have never made it to the cross. Eternity in heaven would never be our sure deal.
Thankfully, God does not change. But we do. We shift. We expose our shades. Change is good for us, but without God, we can reveal a demeanor that’s mean. We can be selfish. We can be corrupt. Let’s face it, we can get ugly. Yes, we can be good, but can we be gracious? We can practice acts of kindness, but do we seek to understand those who hurt us? We can be tolerant, but can we be patient with the one slow to change?
Our culture is living in the 50 shades of changes. One day it’s good, the next it is not. In culture, a life without God knows no mercy, no forgiveness, no hope. We live in fear. We live in judgment. We live in the daily tasks of fog. We find no purpose in challenges, grief or struggles.
It’s actually interesting, when something bad happens to us, we immediately blame God, but do we look at how we may have shifted from God?
While God does not change, He does call us to change. Jesus said, “Truly, I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” To enter the kingdom of heaven is to enter into the abundant life of Jesus. His presence is power and His power brings clarity to this fog filled life we live day in and day out. He does not want us to change from the person He created but instead to change our position.
Move closer to Him.
Some may say that God walked away from them, but God does not walk away from us, we walk away from Him.
If you seek God, you will find Him.
He is right there, ready and willing to clear the haze and smog of this life we live and give it vibrancy, drive and a point. He even gives the challenges, grief, and heartaches to life purpose. He uses them for good. Whereas the culture uses all that’s bad for worse. The culture is our agent of despair, never God.
God’s cause is to help you to make a difference.
He is there to take your goodness to the next level of greatness.
Yes, you can go on living life without God. You can marginally find success. You can even have a few awesome encounters that come, but go as quickly as they came. But can you say with total sureness that you never wonder if there is more to life than this? If you are asking this from time to time, get to know Jesus. He’ll fill your base to the brim.