Have you become so caught up with chasing God that you forget that he is already beside you? I know that there are times that I have. I already had this book on my wishlist so when Icon Media contacted me about reviewing it for them I jumped at it. I love Angie Smith. I eagerly awaited this book to come in my mailbox. And as soon as it got here I started reading. (Then I had to stop because we had company coming from Canada and I had to get the house ready. But as soon as they left I was back at it.) No matter what subject matter Angie is writing about, she makes perfect sense to me and it just resonates in my heart. "Chasing God" is no different.
In "Chasing God", Angie Smith talks about chasing God in your life and performing the actions of being a good christian without having the actual heart and knowledge of a good christian. Confused? Here's what I mean. We all know how "good" christians are supposed to act. They go to church, they read their Bible, they never seem to struggle. So we do that. And while yes, some of it has merit, there is also the fact that we tend to say to ourselves that we are being a better christian because we are doing this and that and we are trying to chase after God while doing it. What we need to realize is that God is already there. We don't have to "keep up with the Jones'" to be the "good" christian we think that God wants. We just need to read his word, study it, pray to him, and obey his commandments. We don't necessarily have to fit into the "worldly" view of what a Christian is. We tend to be so caught up in what the world tells us that we forget what God actually did for us and so we lose sight of Him.
"We will never know God without first recognizing our need for Him. I hasten to say the larger the gap between what He actually did for you and what you believe he did for you, the more likely you are to continue chasing Him."
SO head out TODAY and get this book. Read it. Realize which parts of you are chasing God instead of being with God. Read your Bible and get to know him and what he did for you. This would be a great group study as well.
**I was provided with a copy of "Chasing God" through Icon Media in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**