Why are we not perfect?

I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.” Genesis 17.1

So, it is possible to be blameless, or perfect in other words! All we have to do is to walk in the presence of God…

However, how do we do this every day, every hour? Therein lies the problem: it is almost impossible! Not because God makes it difficult but because we have inclinations which lead us to leave His presence.

It is very common for the servant of God to want to “rest” after a hard day’s work, even if it is the work of God they were doing. There is nothing wrong with that, except for the way in which we normally rest, which is not the most appropriate.

We see this during the Fast of Daniel, where we abstain from information and all sorts of worldly entertainment. How do we usually rest then? We look for a Christian movie to watch. Which means that we want to rest on an outsourced basis, as if someone could provide us with the mental rest we so badly need. Except that this does not do that. Throughout the Christian movie, we were not resting, but rather, entertaining ourselves.

Entertainment has been the biggest source for distraction in recent times, and since it does not always look so bad, we accept it as a means for relaxation. What we do not always understand is what it leads us to do: to leave the presence of God.

This is very clear when it happens to people. For example, when you are with someone who is on their phone all the time. They can be right there beside you, but you know that they are not with you. The same thing happens with God. He is there, but are you in His presence?

To be in God’s presence is not the same as being on your knees praying all day. It is to be in the spirit of prayer. Evidently, we have a lot to do in a day but this does not mean that we cannot be in spirit.

The problem is that, deep down, we think we already know everything. That is why we do not always include God in our day-to-day activities… and that is also why we are not perfect.

  • Contributors:
  • Cristiane Cardoso