If we choose to believe that there is a God, and if we think he has created us with a positive purpose, it is certainly interesting to try to make contact with the divine. Don’t it seem a bit strange if God created us, and then don’t want any contact with his creation? Why bother creating it then? But if God want contact, why dontt we all talk with him every day? Does it have something to do with our free will? In our relationships we choose our friends, do we invite or close the door for further contact. Pherhaps it’s the same With God?
How to get in touch With God?
People have pondered this question at all times and in all cultures. Some have many magical rituals they believe can help. Some swear to only look into themself. Some seek a holy place, others an oracle. Maybe it’s really not that difficult or mysterious? What do we do when we are in love with someone? Or we build close friendships? To get a deep and close relationship we need to spend time together! We must listen, see and talk. But we must also have the courage to share honestly. Truth and contact must be based on genuine relationship with our fellow man. Why not use this approach in our quest for communion with the Divine as well?
Fasting, meditating and praying in silence, walking in the forest with God, singing a psalm as you drive to work… In all relationships it’s good with quality time just two persons without interference. Whether it’s my better half, brother, an old friend or God. Pherhaps we should work more With shielding us of distractions to get the opportunity to focus more on God?
Although I may wish to give God a straight line into my life, I’m often quick to restrict Him access. There are many reasons why I don’t always og side by side with God. One major thing is that I’m easily distracted. We’ve all heard about having to little time for whatever we want to do.
It could also be the staggering amount of information and impressions that make us lose track and focus on the important. Or it could be cross-pressures and group expectations – how we meet our own and others expectations of how we should be and what we should do. It’s funny that many believe those things that stress us is pointless, but we still continue to run around like chickens in the illusion that we have no choice.
I wander if one of the most refined lies in our time, is us pretending not to have the freedom of will. By all means; as father of three children I know a bit about guilt and having insufficient time. But still; if we let all kind of stuff determine what we do with our time, we have chosen to let the outside world’s tumult choose for us. Inaction is also a choice, whether it’s someone we don’t speak to even though we think they are lonely, lack of priorities or in relation to God. The point is not that we must do so much more, but we need to sharpen the focus. Just as I as a father must make some choices for my children, I should do so in my own life as well.
Biblical glimpses of communion with God
Genesis say about Enoch and Noah that they walked with God. There is a picture of how they went together in community where they had the same direction. Here we also find that God said he will live among the Israelites and be their God – and they should know this. God does not seek to be a distant majesty without contact with his creature, he will dwell among us and be a reality in our everyday life. He will be something that matters to us. The Bible is full of underlining that God seeks fellowship with us, and that we need fellowship with Him. We are created for communion with the Creator. Sal 42, 2 says it poetically: “As a deer panteth after the water brooks, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Christianity claim that we do not feel truly Whole with total happiness and peace without this community.
The Bible about having contact with God
“From the throne I heard a loud voice saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.”(Revelation 21, verses 3 and 4)
The Bible say that God meet us with undeserved grace, but we can choose whether we want to receive communion with Him. It often refer to preserving community with and open hearts to God. Jesus said in the Gospel of John: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Christianity teach that One must remain in Jesus – let him mold us. Although it involves something as scary as letting go of some control. Giving God the driver’s seat of our lives is pherhaps the safest but also the most difficult for many people to do. John talk in his first letter about the necessity of using the Bible. Many christians would say the four pillars for maintaining an open heart for God is prayer, Bible, breaking of bread (communion) and community.
… And consequences for those around us
The Bible say we are supposed to have fellowship with God. But we are also social and made to be with and serve other peopple. These dimensions are interrelated. They are interdependent. God’s relationship does something to us in relation to our neighbor, and the Christian community will in turn be able to strengthen our faith. Jesus said:
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in you – that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Besides: How can we say we have fellowship with the personified love if we are indifferent above those beside us? If we truly believe that we are all members of Christ’s body – unique, valuable puzzle pieces into a beautiful mosaic – then how can we let a piece get excluded?