What Is The Correct Approach to God?



Question: “What is the correct way to approach God?”



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There are five common ways that people often approach or think of God.


1. They approach God with fear, fear that God is just waiting for an opportunity to punish them.  Fear that if they mess up, He will send them to hell.


2. They approach God with the attitude that they have the instruction book, the Bible, and they believe that it contains all the instruction they need for a successful life.  So, they really do not need God, they can do it all on their own with the instruction book.


3. They approach God with the intent of getting.  That God’s purpose is to provide for all of their desires.


4. They approach God with the belief that to satisfy God, they must always be doing things for God.  They do not have God’s direction or instruction in their life, but they believe that their duty is to keep doing for God. Without God’s directions, they spend their life doing for God things that God never asked them to do.


While all four of the above approaches contain some truth, they also show a real lack of understanding who God is and what God really wants from then.  While these four approaches are directed to God, in all four cases, the center of the person’s world is self. Their primary interest is my protection, my life, my provisions, and my service.


5.  But we each need to ask, “What does God’s Word say that God wants of me?”  God wants a relationship with us, He wants to be with us, and He wants us to obey Him in love.  This makes God, rather than self the center of our world.  It makes obedience to God and trusting God the greatest concern.


Matthew 6:9 demonstrates a respectful relationship with God.  In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.


Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:30). When you have a relationship with God, you love and trust Him with your life, you make God the center of your world and you open the door for His blessings.


When God is the center of our world, we do not fear Him, we look to Him to guide and direct us.  We do not need to worry about our needs, because as we trust Him, He provides for all of our needs (not necessarily all of our wants).  God prefers that we do what He asks of us rather than doing what we think He wants.  For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6).


When we trust God and make Him the center of our world, He fills us with His peace and joy and a loving relationship with God develops.


Many go to church, sing a few worship songs, and feel a connection with God because they have made God the center of their life for a few minutes.  But as soon as they leave church, they put themselves back as the center of their life.  Then they lose the peaceful connection with God and start thinking (with the devils help), “Is this all there is to church.”  “Why should I even bother going?”  “I am not getting anything from God.”  “I may as well spend my time on myself.”  They never realize that they cannot have a relationship with God as long as they are the center of their lives.  


Any good relationship takes an effort by both parities to grow. Many of God’s promises become alive in our life when we step down from being the captain of our lives and ask God to be the captain.


Summary

Love God and put Him before everything else.  The greatest commandment in the law is to love God.  Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ (Matthew 22:37). And when you love God more than anything else, you put Him first, and He is the center of your world.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).



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