How to Connect With God

How to Connect With God

Aren’t we all trying to connect with God? Every Christian wants a connection with God, to feel his love and grace and to feel like we matter to Him (which we do!)

Sometimes though we can be stuck on how best to connect with God.

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The following comes from Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell

“You can’t be connected with God until you’re at peace with who you are. If you’re still upset that God gave you this body or this life or this family or these circumstances, you will never be able to connect with God in a healthy, thriving, sustainable sort of way. You’ll be at odds with your maker.” – pg 46

How to Connect With God

How to Connect With God

Thinking Negatively About My Life

When I read the above quote I really stopped and thought about all the times I’ve said any of the following:

  • I’m no good
  • I’m a failure
  • I’m overweight
  • I wish my life was like _________
  • Why does my child have to be like that?
  • and many others

Thinking Negatively About God

However I never once thought that by thinking those things, by dwelling on them, I was essentially saying to God:

  • You made me wrong
  • You failed when you created me
  • You don’t know what’s best for me
  • I’m not happy with you

Can you imagine saying those things to God? I can’t imagine facing him and saying those things yet that’s basically what I tell him when I complain about my life.

Connecting with God

How can I be connected with God if I’m not at peace about me and my life?

Read that quote again.

“You can’t be connected with God until you’re at peace with who you are. If you’re still upset that God gave you this body or this life or this family or these circumstances, you will never be able to connect with God in a healthy, thriving, sustainable sort of way. You’ll be at odds with your maker.” – pg 46

What the Bible Says

The bible talks about our connection with God too:

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

God made us right. He made no mistake when he made us, not one. For he made us in his image.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

He has a plan for us so while we have free will, a lot of what happens in our life was planned that way, even the bad things. God didn’t make a mistake with your life.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 NIV

If you connect with God he will connect with you too. Connecting with God doesn’t mean just sitting there and hoping it happens. You do what you can to get near to God and you should start with loving yourself and your life.

So, does that quote make you think?

This post is linked up at Messy Marriage

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4 thoughts on “How to Connect With God

  1. Good reading. God has been really dealing with me about are we doing what He has called us to do? I think it really lines up with the scriptures that you posted, because God did create us. He knew what we would be like and He also knew how He could use us to help others.

    1. Yes! I think knowing I have a purpose, even if I don’t always understand what that is, makes me feel so much better about myself.

  2. Susan Evans says:

    We also have father filters that cause us to view God the Father as similar to our own fathers, when He is nothing like them. This affects how we connect to God.

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