Satan loves to attack us with rebellious and blasphemous questions. Have you ever had this thought enter your mind: “Why should I worship God? Is God so conceited that He has to have it His way and anyone who does not bow down to His way, gets tossed into the Lake of Fire for eternity?”
Let me try to put things into perspective so that those thoughts can be permanently driven from your mind:
First, God loves you so much that He created you.
Second, God loves you so much that He sustains you.
Third, God loves you so much that He died for you.
Fourth, God loves you so much that He wants to have a relationship with you that stretches into eternity.
Fifth, God loves you so much that He wants to give you the desires of your heart.
I will try to illustrate it like this:
You are the master of a dog that is ever at your side. You loved it since the day you picked it out as a puppy and brought it home. You supply all of its needs. You wish the dog could live forever and dread the thought of it ever dying. As a matter of fact you would almost risk your life to save the dog from harm’s way. You do your best to meet all of its desires, even down to going for a walk when you don’t feel like it or scratching its itch when you’re tired. But when you tell your dog to sit, or to come, or to stay, you demand it to listen! If your dog ever becomes rabid, you must have it destroyed even though much sorry is involved.
What I described is so similar to our relationship with God. God is our beloved Master very much the same way that we are a master to our dog that we love so much and is loyal and obedient to us in return. Imagine if your dog suddenly begins to ignore you and gets more attached to other things. This becomes heartbreaking. It is the same way with God when we begin to ignore Him and neglect our prayer time with Him.
God’s Word, the Bible, is filled from beginning to end with very precious promises to those He loves. They are there for us to grasp a hold of and take advantage of. All that God asks in return is that from the same Bible that contains His promises also contains His commands that He expects us to be obedient to. Here are two of my favorite promises:
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms 37:4 NLT)
“Those who are victorious will sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:21 NLT)
Here are two of my favorite commands that He has given us:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)
Both of God’s promises and both of God’s commands that I shared are conditional! The promises and the commands blend together. It is up to us how we respond. How will you respond to such a good, good Father?