Monday, 12 March 2012

Knock on the Right Door

Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God. (G.K. Chesterton.)
You have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you. (St Augustine)
Each of us was built for relationship. The highest and ultimately most important relationship; the only one truly fully and permanently fulfilling, is one with God. This is the one for which God Himself has placed a hunger in every human heart. But people try to fill this need by looking for love in all the wrong places, to paraphrase a country song.

The young girl who, in her quest for approval and acceptance, gives in to a boyfriend's sexual demands, is really looking for what only God can provide.

The junkie, when he first pushed a needle in his arm may have been looking for peace, or escape, but he was really looking for God, whether he knew it or not.

The alcoholic who with a heart full of the ache of lonliness and despair returns again and again to the comfort of the bottle, ultimately is seeking what can only be satisfied by God.

These are all manifestations of man's futile attempt to satisfy a thirst that only God can quench.

Christ said,
"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture." (John 10:9)
Only in Christ will we find that pasture, that peace for which we yearn. If you see yourself or anyone you know in these situations, consider an Alpha course. There you will find friendship, acceptance, and eventually, Lord willing, the relationship with the God who loves you and, in the end, wants to have that relationship with you.

Take Care

1 comment:

Kate said...

A Christian 12 step group is likely to be of more help than Alpha to your last two examples, especially in the short term.