Thanks to technology and the proliferation of social networking sites, one doesn’t have to wait to be approached the old school way and asked out. People can take their social fate into their hands and find for themselves some suitable dates online. Just like every coin has two sides and everything has its pros and cons, some people have had ugly experiences meeting people they have encountered online. Others too are happily married after dating someone they found online. It all depends on the profile.
When searching for a date online, people do a little filtering on their own. They check out the photo, hobbies and whatever information that might be of interest to them. They set up a meet and find out for themselves if they are indeed who they say they are and if they would be a good match. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.
Dating is all about getting to know each other. And when both parties are interested, they try hard to put their best foot forward, present their pleasant qualities so each one would be convinced he/she has found the one. They find out what the other likes and they go all out to make it happen. They get to know what they don’t like and they make conscious effort not to offend them so as to secure their relationship. Ask any couple, keeping a relationship takes effort; it goes beyond having mushy moments. If the couple is committed to making it work, there’s no room for laziness.
If we can make that much effort for our fellow human being who can hurt, betray or leave us at any point in time, why would most believers take their relationship with God any less seriously? We claim to love God, we know what He is pleased with and what He can’t stand and yet we keep pushing His buttons. With people, we are cautious not to do so because we are afraid of being dumped. But it seems people are less careful with dealing with God because we take His unconditional love for weakness. He will never leave nor forsake us, right?
When dating someone with the intention of taking it to the next level, we find out the characteristics of the person not to abuse them but to serve as a guideline. It is said that the one who loves less in a relationship wields all the power; because the one who loves more is always under pressure to satisfy the other and even if it doesn’t work, the one who loves more is the one who suffers.
However true that is, we can’t apply that to our relationship with God because the joke would be on us. God loves us more than we could ever try to love Him but if we sever ties with Him, we are the ones who stand to lose. It’s His grace, love and mercy which sustain, guide and protect us. If we love Him as much as we profess, then we must do well to do what pleases Him and not what angers Him.
The same way we take time to study people we want to be friends with or settle down with, we must do same with studying His word and applying it into our lives. The more we imbibe His word and live it out, the more we become like Him and the more fruitful our walk with God will be.
How well do you know God’s profile? Do you still yearn to know Him every day like the first time you heard of Him or is the familiarity beginning to breed contempt? God is our source; we wouldn’t want Him breaking up with us. We wouldn’t survive it. Know Him, love Him, serve Him and He’ll satisfy your soul completely.
© Josephine Amoako 2016