There is indeed a price to pay to apprehend godliness beyond every natural resource that one has, and it’s called “heart.” “Heart” is a concrete commitment to live and abide by the standards of the Father; a lifestyle led by the Holy Spirit. Those who oppose such a lifestyle will always be people who live in a state of immaturity, placing no value in knowing the Father. As much as there is a price to pay for godliness, ungodliness costs even more, especially in terms of many negative consequences. This does not mean that the Father is vengeful, hateful, or vindictive. On the contrary; the Father is love, and His heart is that all of mankind should be drawn to Him. Believe it or not, when the Father causes His rain of correction to come, it falls on the just and the unjust alike. Those who have His signature in their hearts can endure such times because they are filled with the Father’s peace, which equips them with a steadfast resolve that turns them into overcomers. What we deem as difficult and hard in life depends on our understanding and on our awareness of our limitations. But the same Father who created us is also the God of impossibilities and abundance. There is absolutely nothing too difficult for Him or those who abide in Him.
Our life in the Father is not a game we are trying to win. Yet, every step we take toward Him is crucial because our spiritual growth is an imperative. All the education, knowledge, and understanding we can gain in this world helps to provide some answers, but to possess the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of the Holy Spirit far outweighs anything we can learn in the natural. The more our hearts gravitate toward the Father, the more minute our problems, needs, and situations become. Our Father personifies care and knows how to open and shut doors. Living in the posture of complete obedience to Him means that we look to Him to direct our steps. No earthly wind of adversity, affliction, or fear can harm or paralyze His children in any way because they function in the realm of the Spirit, which is much higher than the earthly plane.
The Father is the greatest manifestation of love, care, and kindness. Through Christ, He has granted us access to an intimate relationship with Him, as well as the privilege and ability to hear His voice on a regular basis. Countless believers relate to Him constantly in the context of presenting to Him every struggle, circumstance, problem, and need that they have. There is nothing wrong with doing this; the Father Himself invites us to cast all our cares upon Him. The question we all must consider is what we will say to the Father when we see Him face-to-face. What would you ask Him? I think most people would say that they would ask Him why they were going through so many difficult patches in life—and also present their needs to Him. What we must understand, however, is that when we come before the Father, we will encounter His eternal love and glory, so mighty and powerful that, in comparison, anything we go through no longer matters and has no bearing on our relationship with the Father. Sadly, most of us approach our worship and relationship toward the Father from a “needs-based” frame of mind rather than a desire to know Him better. Once we begin to know Him, we realize that nothing is difficult for Him.
The Father has us on His mind all the time. He considers everything about us, and He never, ever gives up on the ones whom He has made. Taking the time to know Him should never be an effort but always a joy, even when life is rough and we feel the deep pangs of all our struggles. The Father’s unfailing love will help us weather every storm without harm. May our prayers, praise, and worship shift from always being needy to an unshakable confidence that our Father is the God of impossibilities who knows how and delights to care and provide for us.