Life Without God

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It would be impossible for there to be life without God. He is the creator and maintainer of all that we can see or know in this life. I used to wonder if He just created this universe and set it in motion leaving it to run its own course except what He has revealed in His word, but I should have known better. In fact, the bible is full of references to the way in which God keeps His hand in all that is going on in the earth, from setting up kingdoms and governments to maintaining the universe itself. 

We must never think that God has abandoned His creation no matter how wicked the world becomes under the influence of Satan. Instead we must seek out God and we will find that he is never far from us (Acts 17:26-28). If we will but turn to His revealed word and study it with an open and honest  heart, we will find Him and what He would have us do in this life.

It is we that choose to separate ourselves from Him through sin or sheer stubbornness. Jonah tried to hide from God when He told him to go preach to the Ninevites, but he soon found with David: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (Psalm 139:7,8). There is no way to get away from the presence of God, though some live as if He did not exist and even pretend that He does not.

In fact it is the fool who says there is no God (Psalm 14:1). In reality no one living has any excuse to live as if there is no God. Romans 1:20 tells us: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

So, let’s not live as if there is no God, but let’s turn to Him instead and learn His ways of righteousness, that we may live to glorify Him as the rest of His creation does. Since man learned the difference between good and evil in the garden of Eden, many have hardened their hearts and chosen the evil path.

God determines what is good and what is evil. He is the father of all that is good and Satan is the father of all that is evil. If we will turn to Him and serve Him, He will deliver us from the evil one, though he may yet tempt us in this life. We will live forever with God where there is no more evil, if we make the choice to do good and serve Him while we yet have the choice to make.

One place where we will be separated from the presence of God, if we choose to go there, is hell (2 Thessalonians 1:9). There we will truly find out what it is like to be cut off from God without hope of reconciliation to Him. If we really want to live as if there is no God, we will find what it is like to live in a world without Him in the end.

So, let’s turn to Him and learn to glorify Him in our lives, as we were always meant to do, along with the rest of His creation. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and so need to be reconciled to Him (Isaiah 59:2). If we will follow the plan of salvation as given to us in the scriptures we can learn to live to the glory of God, not only in this life, but forever. We cannot hide from God, so let’s serve Him and glorify Him as He is due, with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength.

May God bless and keep you until next time.

 

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