Googling God

Googling God

You turn your computer on.

What Are You Searching For?

You wait only seconds for the search screen to pop up . . . and then like magic . . . all of the information from all over the world about every subject in the world is at your disposal!

“What shall I google today?”

Maybe you ask that, or maybe you don’t. It doesn’t matter. The great thing about googling is that you can change your mind on a whim. Hopping from one subject to another, you click on hyperlinks wherever they may lead as you seek to bury your boredom on a search for who knows what. What are you searching for?How can a person make a connection with God Since googling God isn't possible, we must get alone with God in prayer if we want a connection with Him.

Are You Searching for SomeONE?

Since you’re reading this blog, you might be like me, searching for a deeper relationship with God.

What do we get when we try to google God? In a book entitled Googling God, author Mike Hayes writes,

“Young adults often assume that they can google God. A large percentage of young adults believe that instant gratification is merely a click of a mouse away and that they can apply this to every area of their life, religion included.”

My response is that the Christian life is not religion; it’s relationship, and relationships cannot be googled. I think sometimes we sit and aimlessly google because we’re really in need of communicative relationship with a real person! (That might explain the popularity of Facebook.)

Do You Have a Connection with God?

I grew up in a little church that was usually packed with people every Sunday morning. This was before the days of computers and smartphones or even very much TV. If you were searching for God, everyone in town knew the most likely place to find Him was down at the church altar on your knees.

If a young person came forward, or someone who knew nothing of the things of God, there was always a counselor to help.

But sometimes a prodigal would come, someone who had strayed away from God. Or perhaps even a regular attender who was searching for renewal or something more.

When that happened, our wise old preacher didn’t do a thing. He didn’t send over some “super deacon” to offer a practiced prayer. Oh no! He preferred the “God has this” approach.  So to the individual on his knees, he only said,

“Don’t you dare get up until you’ve gotten a hold of God and you’re absolutely sure that God has a firm hold on you!”

The lesson is this:

If you want God, for the first time or the millionth time, then you have to get alone with God! Click To Tweet

Where is your altar today?

Your altar doesn’t have to be at the church. It can be right where you are! But you won’t find God in Google, and you won’t deepen your relationship with Him with a few clicks.

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One of the things that I like about Google is all of the stuff that’s stored there. If I don’t get to it today, it’ll be there tomorrow, and I won’t have missed much.

It pains me to confess that I’ve treated God that way in the past, as if He were storing up my “daily bouquets” for me while I was busy, and I could just click in and claim them when I had a little extra time.

It doesn’t work that way.

I’ve named my blog Daily Bouquets not because I post daily but because God’s blessings are daily.

Yesterday’s blessing bouquets were missed if you neglected to claim them while they were fresh. They are gone!

God’s blessings are “NEW” every morning, which means that the next morning, yesterday’s unclaimed blessings have passed away like wilted flowers.20141226_132427_resized

Today’s flowers are fresh and new. Today’s altar awaits. 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ~~Lamentations 3:22-23

There is only one way to God, and that way is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Here is what to do if you’re not sure that you’re right with God but you’re sure that you want to be:

If you’re not a Christian, but you want to be or you at least want to learn more and make an inquiry, I’m going to do something that most bloggers don’t do. I’m going to send you away from my blog because my blog does not provide a phone number you can call. You can just read at the site I’m sending you to, but you might decide that you would like to actually talk in person to a trained human about this, so that is why I’m sending you to a site that provides that option. Here it is: How to Become a Christian. If you pursue that, please come back here and tell me about it in a comment. If you want the comment to remain private, just let me know, and I’ll keep it between you and me and will not publish it. God bless you as you seek to grow closer to Him.

How can a person make a connection with God Since googling God isn't possible, we must get alone with God in prayer if we want a connection with Him.

This post was linked at The Loft on July 10, 2015.
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Comments

  1. Debbie Mitchell Neal :

    The one thing I love about Facebook is finding old friends. I’m so glad we found each other. Losing your best friend is like losing part of your life. After all these years I still think about Terry almost every day. Thank you for being a role model during my teenage years. You will never know how much you influenced my life.

    • Yes, that’s my favorite thing about Facebook too. I’m delighted to renew a connection with you as well. I’m happy about the Calvary FB site. That you think of Terry so often is evidence of how very close you were. I loved her to bits myself; she was very special. Thanks be to God for sending us the Comforter! Thank you for your kind words and for responding to my blog.

      • Marilyn Downs :

        Rosemary,

        It was such a blessing to come across your blog this evening. As I read every word of it, countless memories and images sprung to life as if they had happened yesterday. Thank you for getting to the heart of the matter of what really matters in life – our relationship with Jesus Christ.
        You are such a special person and a balm to the soul and I am so wondrously blessed to call you my friend.

        • Marilyn, you are very special to me too! I’m glad you found my blog. Thank you for leaving this sweet comment!

  2. This is as beautifully correct and probably most difficult for some to swallow. I had tea with a dear friend this past week. It had been years since we had seen one another, even living just across the bay. Yet, our precious time renewed the relationship and the love we share in Christ. We also know that relationships require time and attention, not a google or bing search. How easily we are betrayed by the click of a button or a mouse. There is nothing but a noise that leads to another. There is no relationship. God wants us near and walking His path for our lives. Thank you for this profound post. I have been blessed this afternoon.
    Visiting form Spiritual Sundays.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Thank you for your comment. I think when you visited my blog I might have been visiting yours as well. I really love your weaving theme. I used to raise angora rabbits and spin and knit. The whole world of fiber arts and animals is a beautiful, gentle, serene, and even spiritual, place.

  3. Your title really drew me in … the idea of googling God! I really enjoyed your post. In our instant everything world we need to slow down and really connect with our Lord! Blessings my sister!

  4. Rosemary, this post is so good. Relationship! It truly is what Jesus was all about. God sent Him here to earth to facilitate relationship. The key is it takes two to make a relationship…and it takes time and work. You are so right when you say that our society wants instant relationship and gratification. Can’t happen with Jesus. It takes time and presence and humility. Thanks so much for linking this post up at The Loft.

    • I am concerned about the number of people who may be getting all they know about God from blogs and TV and online sources. Are they being discipled? Are they growing in their relationship with God? Well, I guess maybe that’s a question for another topic. 🙂 Thank you so much for leaving a comment and for providing The Loft.

  5. Beautiful post! I think you got to the heart of what makes me, as a mother and grandmother, so deeply concerned about the widespread danger this internet generation faces; that of vicarious relationships, even with God.
    You’ve made me think about my responsibility as an older woman teaching the younger women (and younger men), in new ways, especially through my writing.

    • Concern about vicarious relationships. Yes! We learn through our five senses and through real-life experiences and only minimally through screens and keyboards. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, taking the time to leave a comment, and sharing that I’ve made you think about something for your writing ministry! What more could I hope for? I’m grateful for the bloggers that I’m getting to know through CBB.

  6. Great post! Spending that deep, quality time with God has been on my focus all week. I wrote about it, too, and feel it’s the most essential part of my spiritual journey. It’s where I come face-to-face with God and really let Him work in my – and where I hear His voice the most clear.

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