How much do we rely on God?

Something I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly over the last week is how Christianity is relational. This, I think, is something that makes Christianity stand out above the other major religions – because God calls us to be in relationship with Him and with each other. Right from the very beginning, he made Eve for Adam because “it was not good for man to be alone” (cf. Genesis. 2:18) and throughout the whole of the Bible, God is trying to build relationship with his people (or build back his relationship with us) . 

Something I have found difficult to comprehend over the past few weeks though, is that with relationship comes other qualities such as belonging and attachment. With these qualities, it makes it a lot harder, when we lose somebody we love. However, we still see the amazing relationships we have with our friends and family, I would say more intensely at those times, and we also learn to lean on God a whole lot more than we would on a regular, day-to-day basis. The challenge I pose here is – how much do we rely on God? Something I have wondered about is, do we praise God through both the good and the bad seasons in our life? I think it’s easier to go along with God when our lives our good, but it’s harder to understand his ways, when life gets hard. I am starting again, learning to rely on God a whole lot more, with all that I am, and all that I have… 

At my Grandpa’s funeral yesterday, even though it was a sad occasion, it was also a joyous one, which truly celebrated the life of an amazing man! God got us through it, and He promises to continue to be with us – til the very end, and we can hold onto the fact that God still works for the good of His people (even when it doesn’t seem to be so). We’ve just got to trust Him, and know that He is there all the time, and He longs for us to talk to Him, to build that relationship with Him, and most of all to rely on Him (when things are both good and bad)! 

 

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‘Alleluia’

Listening to: ‘Desert Song’ by Hillsong

“All of my life. In every season. You are still God, and I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.”

I have had a pretty rough week – not only has the stress of uni work and trying to balance that with other things in my life been a lot to handle, but I have also had to deal with the death of my Grandpa, and being 98 miles away from my family. This has been pretty tough, but I’ve got through it with the help of some pretty amazing friends and trying to make sense of it all by leaning on God.

My Grandpa’s been on my mind a lot recently (not surprising I know), but I’ve found myself thinking about him and going through memories in my head whenever I get a time of quiet. Particularly at this time, there is one memory that I think is so relevant. I have been coming back to this again and again. My Grandparents always told me how when I was young I would only sing songs with ‘alleluia’ in them. And how I’d stand up on my chair between the two of them at the back of Church. This has really helped me recently… when all seems low, rubbish, like I don’t know what to do, this idea of ‘alleluia’ has kept coming back to me… The writer of Ecclesiastes says “there’s a time for everything”. I want this time to be a time where both I and my family are singing God’s praises, where we come out on top, standing firm in our faith, being able to say “God I can praise through both the good and the bad” because my Grandpa was a faithful servant, who persevered  til the very end and I can have this hope that he is up there, singing alleluia’s to the king! So we too should be singing ‘alleluia’ and thanking God for a life well lived, a life lived for others.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 

 1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.