It was never God’s plan to sit back and watch the world run amok. It was never His plan to be distant and threatening. It was His plan from the beginning to be Emmanuel, God with us, closer than a brother.
We were born to be His. We were born to have a relationship with the God who spoke the worlds into being. We have a God-shaped hole in our spirit and a longing for Him to fill it. If we don’t fill it with God, we fill it with anything else we can get our hands on, but nothing else can feel like God in us.
The relationship God wants with us is full of joy and gratitude. If we don’t have that, it’s because we’ve allowed other things to get in the way. It doesn’t take much to check and see if we have joy. If we don’t feel the presence of God, His love and peace, then we need to do something about it. Repentance is the first place to start.
Allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of things that get in the way of your relationship with Him. Repent of them, again if you need to. God is loving and kind and waiting for you to come to Him. He wants you more than you want Him.
Your are meant to live joyfully with Him. Make it happen. It’s what you were born for.