Human beings have a natural urge to seek true, lasting happiness. They spend their time and resources trying to find something that will satisfy this urge, and make them truly happy. The problem is that they seek this in outward things and experiences, but it is not to be found in these things. This is because true happiness is to do with the inner man, what we often call ‘the heart’. Further, it is to do with a relationship: a heart to heart relationship. Who with? With God. It is a true, real, lasting heart-to-heart relationship between us and God. This is a relationship of intense mutual delight: we delight in God and He delights in us. This relationship is described for us in beautiful picture language in the Book of the bible entitled, “The Song of Solomon”, Chapter 2 and verses 3 and 4. There the believer, in this case a woman, describes her happy relationship with God: “I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love”. This is a happiness which this world and all that is in it cannot give, and cannot take away.
The purpose of this blog is not to seek to engineer this happy relationship, but to explore it, and to point those who seek it in the direction where it is to be found. Hence the title, “Right with God”. Sometimes we experience the joy of human friendship. But then, something comes between us and our friend. Things are no longer ‘right’ between us, but they are ‘wrong’, and we feel it. There may be a great desire to put things right between us, but it is not easy to discuss the subject, and if things are left ‘wrong’ between us for too long it becomes very difficult to put them right.
One of the most difficult things to accept about this life is that, by nature, we are not right with God. This is because we are sinners, and we do not want to change. But the greatest thing about this life is that God has made it easy for us to get right with Him. One of the most well-know verses in the Bible is in the Gospel according to John, chapter 3, verse 16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. The result of this is that God has not waited for us to get ‘right’ with Him, but has removed the offence, and enabled us to get right with Him by believing on His beloved Son, whom He gave to the agony of the cross to take our sins away.
The way the bible puts it is, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (The first Epistle of John, chapter 4, verse 10). The word “propitiation” is a difficult word, but it is very expressive and important word. It points us to the fact that on the cross, God punished His own Beloved Son in our place so that the friendship between us and Him could be healed.
With God’s help I hope to further explore what it means to be Right with God, every week.