If you have ever flown commercially, you will recall the demonstration by the flight stewards of what to do in the case of an emergency.
They show you how the oxygen masks drop down from the overhead bins. And, if you are traveling with a child, they instruct you to be sure and put the oxygen on yourself, before attempting to put it on the child. There is the assumption that you care for the child and are willing to do something for the child that the child cannot do for himself or herself.
This is a wonderful metaphor when it comes to understanding our relationship with God and His relationship with us.
A.W. Tozer is quoted as saying that as far as he is concerned, the most significant thing about a person is their view of God. According to God, he is right.
If you know God, if you believe in God, then the single most important thing in your life is your relationship with God.
If it isn’t, then you really don’t know God and you certainly don’t believe in God. How IS that possible?
How can anyone not know, that God is everything. He is the beginning and the end, He created all things and He sustains all things.
If you know Him and believe in Him, you know that He loves you and only wants the best for you.
Just like the adult and the child in the airplane, He cares for you and me and wants us to have what we need to live the life He created us to live.
“Because you have set your love upon Me,
I will deliver you; I will set you
on high, because you know My name.
When you call upon Me, I will answer you;
I will be with you in trouble; I will deliver
you and honor you.
And with a long life I will satisfy you
and show you My salvation.”
How sad the number of people who are just unwilling to allow someone who cares for them to help them with the mask.
OH! REALLY? Yes...