John 6:22-59; 1 Chronicles 24; Zechariah 10
People want to please God. That desire is inborn. We look at the world around us and realize that there must be someone who created this place. That belief causes a sense of awe and fear. Throughout the ages, people have sought to get on good terms with that someone we call God. Different systems of belief, behavior, and sacrifice have sprung up all over the world designed to get on good terms with God. When a holy man, like Jesus, spoke, people wanted to know the secret of getting in good with God. “Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?'” (John 3:28) The answer Jesus gave was not what they expected. All they had to do was believe in Him? What they didn’t understand was that God doesn’t need things done for Him. God wants to have a relationship with us. He wants a relationship built on trust and love. That trust and love begins with His gift of Jesus – the bread of life. When the Jews sought a sign and recalled the manna that God provided for their physical needs, Jesus built on that to say that belief in Him was bread for their spiritual needs. It was hard for them. It’s still hard for us to understand. We so want to please God that we do all sorts of things to get His attention – not realizing that we already have His love and attention. Like a child showing a visitor all their toys when they come to visit, we seek ways to impress God with our good works and accomplishments when all He really wants is us…our time…our love. Today, don’t seek ways to make God notice and love you. He already knows all about you, notices you and loves you more than you can imagine. Find ways to spend time with Him and get to know Him better. Busy? That’s fine; seek Him at your busiest and enjoy His presence.
Lord, I so often seek to do great things to show You how much I love You. Help me to learn to slow down and spend time with You. Remind me that You already love me more than I can ever know this side of heaven and let me experience joy walking in Your presence daily.