But God- Why Were We Created?

Greetings,

But God Image_Color_CrossWe continue now with the final verse of the 23rd Psalm~ ‘Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’ We talked about the first part of this verse and saw that the word ‘follow’ means to relentless pursue. David has become convinced that his Shepherd will relentlessly pursue him (and us) with love. Our Shepherd will not be stopped from loving us. Today let’s look at the what David is thinking of when he uses the phrase, ‘the house of the Lord’. There is so very much to see here that I’m not sure where to begin.

Let’s begin in the beginning! Why were we created? I believe that our Creator God created us to invite us into His Life. This God, Who is Three, the Trinity, wants to be in relationship with us. This is why He relentlessly pursues us- to invite us into His world, which is His very life. What I am trying to say is that we are created to embrace and enjoy His presence! Where? Inside the Trinity! In this circle of Love, where Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, give, receive, and return love. Our home is intended to be inside the love of God. He is relationship. He is all about relationship. This is Who He is, it is what He is about, and it is why He created us. How much of His love we enjoy depends a great deal on our view of Him. Again, let’s return to the beginning to possibly see Him in a new way. When Adam and Eve bought into the lie of the serpent that they were lacking this love and relationship and that there was more for them if they would just be independent of God, how did God respond? He followed them in love, wanting to heal their fear of Him, and their shame. He won’t let them get away from His love. Many often believe He was angry and punishing them, but this is not at all what was happening. He promises to deliver One from the seed of the woman who will crush the head of the serpent. We can see a bit of a parallel to this in Luke 15, in the parable we call the Prodigal Son. The younger son asked for his independence from his father- sounds a little like what happened in the garden to me. When the son had the idea to return home and ask to work as a servant for his father, his father would not even let him finish asking for a job, interrupting him with hugs and kisses in front of all his neighbors and throwing a party for him. How great is his love? Nothing gets in the way of His love for us. Nothing stops Him from rejoicing over us.

So, we have a choice to make. Everyday. We can see Him as primarily interested in rules and being angry when we don’t keep them, or we can see Him as He reveals Himself to be, as primarily interested in us and relentlessly pursuing us, inviting us to join Him in His circle of Love, which is the dance of the Trinity. His greatest desire is that we receive and enjoy our home in the heartbeat of His Love. This is ’the house of the Lord’. It is good to be home.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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