If God seems distant and unreachable despite your best efforts, you’re probably feeling frustrated and irritable. How do you reach God?
There was a time in my life where I was frustrated by my efforts to get God’s attention. I believed in God, but something was missing. A complete lack of trust was the problem. I didn’t know how to connect. I had been in Sunday School off and on as a child. I knew and believed in God, but my knowledge and understanding was small.
Later as a teen I came to realize He was waiting for me to make a permanent, irrevocable commitment to Him. I was afraid of what that meant! I held back for a time, until there came a point when I finally made a decision to trust Him with everything. It was a precipice moment. Do I or not?
I remember as a young teen standing on the edge of the diving board at the community pool. I couldn’t really swim, but I had learned to churn my way across the width of the pool. If I held my breath and kicked and clawed at the water, I could make it. It was enough to get me across the pool. I hadn’t been in deep water before. It was daunting! I stood on the diving board so long, I got the lifeguard’s attention. The line behind me was getting longer and more impatient. I took the plunge. Trusting in God felt the same way. It’s a plunge.
The first step is trusting what God says in His Word, the Bible. In it you will learn Jesus is God’s Son who came to die for us, so that we might be saved and have a place in heaven for eternity.
The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 (KJV).
Saved from what? The penalty for sin we each deserve. We are disobedient and separated from God until we receive Him. The “Him” is God’s Son Jesus who took the punishment we deserve when He was crucified on a cross.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21
Jesus came that we might have life. Apart from accepting Him, we have no hope of forgiveness and relationship with Him. Jesus used an analogy to explain what He did and why the Apostle John wrote about in John 10: 7-18:
“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
If we accept Him as our personal Savior, we will be saved from eternal damnation. We will have a relationship with God through Jesus His Son. We will have fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit. He becomes our confidant, our best friend, our advisor, our Savior. When we’re in trouble, He will be there to help in our time of need.
John wrote the Bible books of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. In 1 John1:6-9 he says:
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Why is forgiveness of sin so important? Sin separates us from God. Only Jesus’ death on a cross could pay God’s penalty for sin. He wants everyone to receive Him as Savior and Lord.
Trusting in Jesus removed the barriers between God and me, giving me an everlasting fellowship with God.