Believe it or not, we’re God-seekers from birth. The proof? We come into life with questions like: “where did I come from?”, “how did it all begin?”, “what happens after we die?”, and if that should say anything, it’s that we come into this world wired to seek out God whether we want to or not.
Look around you, you’ll find that all of creation is purpose-driven. What I mean by this is that you don’t have to teach an apple seed to become an apple tree, it just does. You don’t have to teach a bird to act like a bird, it just does. You don’t teach your dog to behave like a dog, it just does (although sometimes I try to teach my dog to act human when his dogginess become too much for me to handle). Everything around you is automated in a way that can function perfectly without any human intervention, everything from the water cycle to the renewal of oxygen in photosynthesis to the balancing of the ecosystem in the animal and insect reproduction – pretty much everything you learn in 7th grade science. What I want to say by that is that creation knows its purpose of existence and just acts upon it. It does one thing and one thing only – live out its purpose. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a dolphin with a personality complex that just wakes up one day sick of the ocean life and decides to live the life of a monkey, climbing trees and eating bananas, and if you have seen a thing of the sort it means you were probably high.
This is the difference between man and the rest of creation. Only man has the ability to question his existence and its purpose because man was created in such a way to seek out God to get answers for all his questions. If that wasn’t the case, man wouldn’t have had the ability to ask these questions, let alone think of them, and in my opinion he would’ve been a much happier creature than he is now, just carrying out his purpose in life, no questions asked.
But God had something better in mind.
He created man in his image and likeness, the epitome of all his creation. He imparted to him his divine abilities: free will, creativity, love, faith, hope… He even gave him the privilege to partake in the purpose-giving process for all of creation when he brought all the animals to him to give them names (which I wrote about previously in my post “She will come”). But if God gave man all these abilities, it also means that if man were not to act upon these abilities, he also had the ability to act upon their exact opposites.
If you want to know what the original design of man was, all you have to do is watch little children and study their behavior in its purest form. Like I stated earlier, all of creation is purpose-driven, even man; and all of life’s answers are woven deep within man’s heart, the questions he asks and the needs he has. Little children long for love, acceptance, attention, identity and fun, and from these desires and longings flow all of their behavior patterns that will progressively shape their personality. A child is innocent, is creative, has big dreams and a big imagination, and somehow that child learns to let go eventually of these things in order to grow up. But is that what God really intended things to be like?
Somewhere down the line, something happens that breaks this natural flow of behavior and plants a lie instead in the mind of that child that will forever affect his thought patterns, the way he views life, himself and everything around him, even God.
Incidents like divorce will leave a wound in the child’s heart with a lie that says something like: “your parents divorced because of you”, “if you were worthy of love your dad would’ve stayed”, “there is no true love or else your parents wouldn’t have divorced”. An incident like sexual abuse will leave a wound with a lie on the likes of: “if you were a guy, you wouldn’t have been raped”, “it’s not good to trust men because all men will rape”, “you’re not beautiful enough for someone to wait for you, you’ll only have sex when it’s forced on you”, “the only way you’ll get justice is if someone else feels what you felt on that day”, “sex has nothing to do with true love”. Having an alcoholic father will leave a lie that says: “if your own father hits your mother, no man can be trusted”. Seeing children die of hunger will echo out this lie: “If God is good then why is there children dying of hunger?” or “If there is a God then where is he? and why isn’t he doing anything?”. If your parents wanted a girl instead you’ll believe the lie: “if you were a girl, your parents would’ve loved you more”.
You may not realize this but these lies drive the way you act and think in life. And the even bigger danger that comes from these lies is that they fool you into thinking man’s ill use of free-will has nothing to do with the damage done.
But where do these lies come from?
Jesus said, speaking of the devil: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” (John 10:10)
It is the devil that plants these lies in your head when you are wounded, and he keeps echoing these lies to you every time you get wounded until you completely believe them as the truth and start living your life upon them, validating them with every blow. They become your life principles – “Don’t trust anyone”, “God doesn’t care”, “There is no God”, “All men are jerks”, “True love doesn’t exist”, “You are born gay and there’s nothing you can do about it”.
But Jesus goes on to say in the second part of the same verse: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly“.
Truth is, God is not responsible for any of the damage that’s been done to you. If any, God is grieved by what has happened to you. But will you let him fix things and shape you back into original design so you can function properly? Will you let him restore you to fulness again?
Will you let him love you?
If you have any question feel free to contact me and I’d be more than happy to answer your questions or even meet up with you to talk.