We might ask the question; “Is God hard to find?” The answer would be, “not at all.” God can be discovered by our reason, by seeking Him or by His gift to us. If we just look at the universe, we can reason that there has to be a powerful force behind bringing it into existence. There is also a Wisdom directing it. God surrounds us and is closer to us than we realize. Saint Theresa once said, “Some unlearned men used to say to me that God was present only by His Grace. I could not believe that because as I was saying, He seemed to be present Himself. Finally a learned man delivered me of his doubt for he told me that He was present in the world and in us and how He communed with us, and this was a great comfort for me.”
If we seek God with our will and our heart, we can find Him. Unlike all other animals, we are given a soul which is not just physical, but is also spiritual. An animal can attain and have all his desires satisfied, whereas a human cannot. We as human beings have a desire to know the ultimate meaning of life, whereas an animal seeks to satisfy only his natural desires. Because of our souls, we crave for God.
We can also find God by the gifts He gives us, one being life itself, from which our body is given a soul. He gives us supernatural life. He gives us the gift of Himself by descending down to earth from Heaven. In Christ, the gift of Himself becomes more personal. It is as if each individual soul hears the words that Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well; “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water (John 4:10).”
So, if God is so easy to find, then why are there so many souls who stay away and do not come to Him? God wants us to seek and come to Him, just like the verse of Scripture that says; “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt 11:28).” Why do many souls refuse the grace that God wants for us? Sometimes we even run away from Him, “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not (Matt 23:37)!” For many, it is not that God is hard to find, but it is that we are afraid to be found.
Jesus says to us throughout the Gospels, “Fear not!” He warns us so much because there are many false fears that keep us away from Him. We all have a desire to be saved, but at what cost? The Blessed Arch Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, from his book “Peace of Soul” gives three types of false fears we face: “(1) We want to be saved, but not from our sins. (2) We want to be saved, but not at to great a cost. (3) We want to be saved, but in our own way, not God’s.”
Do we want to be saved from our sins? If so, that would mean turning away from our individual passions. But many souls are looking for a religion that has nothing to do with purging sin and guilt.
Do we want to be saved with a great cost? God showed us His love for us by paying the ultimate cost, but are we afraid that loving Him would demand to much from us? If we seek He who is Truth, then that Truth deserves a response. Jesus says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Many souls want to be saved, but not at a price of a cross.
Finally, do we want to be saved in our own way or in God’s way? I think this question hits right to the heart. Many souls seek to serve God in a limited way. They have the attitude of; “I will serve God in my way and you serve God in your way.” Here is an analogy from Sheen: “The traffic situation would be tangled and desperate if we said that the American way of life allowed every person to drive a car in his or her way and not according to the traffic laws. Catastrophe would result if patients began saying to the doctor, ‘I want to be cured in my own way, but not by yours,” or if citizens said to the government, ‘I want to pay my taxes, but in my own way and not in yours.’ (Peace of Soul, pg. 57)” Instead of serving God in His way, many seek a religion that leaves out hell. They seek to serve God as long as it does not conflict with their conscience.
It is not that God is hard to find, but that we have to make a decision to seek and serve Him as He asks and not as we dictate. The more we seek to submit our free will to that of the Father, the more we will realize what True Love is all about.
Until next time, God bless.