People grapple with the God-factor, wondering whether He exists at all and if so, how to approach Him. There is an endless array of protocol performed in various religions of the world. The need to feel connected to God is as old as humankind.
We live on planet Earth with all its amazing resources, and yet we feel abandoned, sort of like “Kevin alone in the house.” The 1990 John Hughes blockbuster “Home Alone” depicted an eight-year-old troublemaker who is accidentally left home alone by his family during a Christmas vacation.
Home alone – that’s our mantra too. We cry out to the Creator of the universe and pray: “God, please talk to us; God come down to Earth and help us; God, please favor us; God, please protect us; God, please intervene!” – a universal cry that God should come home and make things right. All of creation sighs. In their language the birds in the air, the predators in the bush and the trees in the jungle cry out to its creator. All creation sings when the feet of the Lord Almighty touch the Earth as written in the book of Psalms (Psalm 96:12):
“Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. “
God on Earth is not a new concept. The Egyptian Pharaohs of old established a government run by the Sons of God. There is a reason why many world religions advertise that God comes down in human form. We need God to be near. The good news is that God in fact is near. God has many names, the one I personally love the best is the Hebrew name Emmanuel – God with us.
All around the world people seek God’s favor. Trying too hard, they put a lot of effort into breaking down an unlocked door. Heaven’s door however is already wide open and much to our surprise God is knocking on our door. He reaches out to us. Turns out, God Himself does all the dirty work. It is God who restores the communication between Him and mankind. We may build elaborate temples and do a lot of good works, but all of these efforts do not open Heaven’s door. God reaches out to us; our part is simply to respond.
The Holy Spirit is poured out for us and at work everywhere. The secret to successfully navigating through life lies in receiving God’s signals and learning to walk with Him.