Ask not “Is God with me?” Ask “Am I with God?”
The Bhagavad-gita (18.73) expresses the summit of humanity’s faith in divinity when Arjuna declares to Krishna, “I will do your will.”
Our faith in God begins with the feeling that there exists a higher being who will help us if we petition him through prayer. At this level of faith, the question that defines our relationship with God is: “Is God with me?” Such a question indicates that we have faith in God’s power, but not his wisdom. That’s why we use our own wisdom to decide what we should do, ask for God’s power to help us do it, and then wonder whether he will help us or not.
When we develop faith in God’s wisdom, then we first let God decide what we should do and then seek his power for doing it. At this level of faith, the question that defines our relationship with God is: “Am I with God?” That is, we examine whether we are living in his presence by molding our life according to his guidelines given in the Gita. When we mold our life thus, we realize increasingly that God was always with us – the problem was that we were not with him, having strayed away from his remembrance because of infatuation with temporary worldly pleasures. We understand that even now, he is ready and competent to guide us out of our troubles if we just turn our heart to him.
If we study the message of the Gita submissively and seriously, as did Arjuna, then this study will broaden and deepen our faith in God. We will learn to trust not just his power but also his wisdom. Then we too will be able to declare, as did Arjuna, “Krishna, I am with you.”
“Arjuna said: My dear Krishna, O infallible one, my illusion is now gone. I have regained my memory by Your mercy. I am now firm and free from doubt and am prepared to act according to Your instructions.”