We have a choice to live our life with God — or without Him.
And it’s absurd to think that we often choose to live even one minute without Him.
Do we know anyone more knowledgeable about everything than God?
Anyone who loves us more than He does?
How about any other friend as powerful as Him?
I remember talking to a young friend who had experienced several terrible tragedies in her short life — and yet, she lived in such remarkable freedom that she was a tower of God’s strength for many others.
I asked her how she managed to stay so connected to God. Her answer was simple but profound. She said, “Well, I figured with this much tragedy, I was much better off with God than without Him.”
What a powerful lesson.
Life is hard.
But we don’t have to make it harder!
God gives us a choice and a promise.
It’s the same one He gave Israel thousands of years ago: “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16).
Anywhere with God is far better than anywhere without Him.
When we are in love with God, we choose “life, that [we] and [our] offspring may live, loving the Lord [our] God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is [our] life and length of days” (vs. 19b-20a).
No one, except me, can steal my close relationship with God.
I am so much better off with Him than without Him.