Over the years I’ve heard many different ideas and opinions on God. I heard or read somewhere that a lot of people believe that when a child is born he has known God, that he knows heaven but as that child develops, within the first year of his or her life, those memories soon disappear as they are replaced with the events in their environment, the people around them, raising them, influencing them such as parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, teachers, preachers and even other children.
I’ve often wondered why God doesn’t let us retain that memory, why we have to lose it and face this failing world and all the trials and tribulations that come with living in it. Why must we start from the beginning, learning about him, sometimes later in life after we have traveled down various and sometimes dangerous roads, making mistakes, getting hurt, maybe abused, maybe getting into things we shouldn’t have, possibly destroying our minds and bodies on those trips down different paths.
Some people believe we are born with an ingrained concept of right and wrong, good and evil, and yet we stray from that ingrained knowledge as we get older, influenced possibly by non-believers or those who have chosen the destructive paths in lives. We are, in the beginning products of our environment and often carry that environment with us into our adult lives. Children learn from repetition and example. What they see, hear and feel as they grow up can, a lot of the time, determine what they will be as they get older.
Some things are forced on us by others but often we just want to fit it, want to be part of the crowd, want to belong and because of that we push back that knowledge of right and wrong, feeling that just this one time won’t matter. It is later that we might realize we joined the wrong crowd or person(s) to fit in with. Often times it is hard to get out of those crowds or away from those people, and some never make it out.
I always had a sense of right and wrong. I never went out of my way to hurt people, but there was a time when my heart was hardened and I did and said what I believed would ensure my survival at the time. Sadly I have said things to people in my early life that I regret to this day. I took out, verbally on others the frustration, hate, and yes fear of my own situation on them because I couldn’t let my voice be heard in front of those I feared.
I often regret that God didn’t call to me until later in my life, in my late 30’s and early 40’s, but when he did, when I stopped and listened, he opened my mind, he softened my heart, and gave me an desire to learn more. I am thankful that he did call me but I often think of how I missed sharing him with so many people from in my past
He has taught me so much since I became a Christian and I am sometimes sadden that I didn’t have that knowledge when I was much younger. I have to remind myself that his ways are not our ways and that he has his reasons for allowing our lives to take certain paths.
My only wish is that now that I know him, that he will still give me many more years to share his love, his plan of salvation, his daily blessings and allow me to be a blessing to as many as is possible until the day he decides it’s time for me to come home.
Do you know him? To know him is the ultimate experience in this life. No earthly device, no man made convenience can ever equal what he has to offer us. Do you want this experience? It’s simple. You don’t need to go to a church, you don’t need to wait for someone to lead you in prayer.
You can speak to him yourself at any time, anywhere and in private. Just ask him and he will be there. Just tell him you realize all you’ve done wrong and ask his forgiveness,ask him to come into your life and guide you on the rest of your life in what he would have you do, then go out and share his love.
Not everyone is called to teach or preach. You can be a living example to others, showing his love, his mercy, his forgiveness and his kindness. And when someone asks how you can be so happy in a world that is dangerously close to destroying itself, tell them the truth. Tell it is because you have Jesus and suggest that they might want to meet him too.
You’ll know what to do and what to say for the Holy spirit will guide you. You will still suffer while here on earth but you will enjoy eternal life without pain, sickness, grief or suffering forever when he call his children home and maybe you will bring some other lost souls with you.
The saying “it’s never too late” is a falsehood. He’s coming back and it may be real soon and if you haven’t made the right decision by then “IT WILL BE TOO LATE.”
Isaiah 55: 6″Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.”
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.