IDEA OF GOD
Can our personal idea of who and how God is be naive, weak, small, limiting and/or simplistic? Could it be so subjective that the God we individually know is the one we have created according to our own image? Could that image fall so far from the real God in heaven? And could that personal perception of who God is be limiting our faith, response to Him, how we deal with issues of our life, our expectations of Him and general dynamics of life? Sadly, the answer to these questions is YES!
No one has ever been reported of having an idea of God that was too great: Greater than His real greatness. From culture to culture, it has always been the carving of wood, beating of metal, setting apart of some part of the created order or viewing oneself or a fellow human being as god. Our problem has always been that of caging God into very laughable and weak expressions. Or have you ever heard of someone who got disappointed because of coming to the realisation that the real God falls way below his/her initial perception and expectations? That he expected Him to be more glorious, powerful, holy, loving, just or wonderful to fully understand?
But here is the irony. I would want a God I could fully comprehend in my mind. I guess you too. A God who dealt with issues my way and dared not deviate from the script. A God who defines terms like ‘disappoint’ according to my personal dictionary. A God who answers to me and leaves no room for speculation and anticipation on my side. A God who responds to my insecurities and fears by shielding me from them rather than by helping me face them and grow. A God who ruled from the throne of my personal wish list rather than His own eternal sovereign throne in heaven. A God who would move mountains just to validate my viewpoint and emotions: To make me feel comfortable with both life and myself.
The bad news is that such a God doesn’t and will never exist. He (or She 😂) is an illusion. The scriptures reveal a God who qualifies to be the God of both Joseph and Job. The God of those who know the worst of pain as well as of those who experience the highest promotion and favor. The God who permits earthquakes that kill and who made antibiotics that heal. The God who gives the awesome gift of sight, ears, speech and mobility and the one who keeps others from enjoying them. The God who shuts and opens wombs. The God who gives and is still the one who takes.
You see, it’s absolutely impossible to embrace the real God of the scriptures by the sheer power of human will. We cannot just choose to be at home with His apparent contradictory ways and manifestations. One must be drawn by His Spirit through the grace of His person in His son Jesus Christ. And this by FAITH ALONE, that is, by the childlike abandonment that God is marvellously who He is and you don’t have to comprehend all His ways first for you to trust Him. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
Hebrews:10:38. Now, If I could totally understand and comprehend God and His ways in my finite mind, would there be any need for Faith? What for? He would be predictable for me to deal with. He would fit my mind, and maybe I would even manipulate Him with my cunningness. But the men and women in God’s hall of fame did indeed believe Him even when what they were passing through made little sense to them at that moment. “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
Hebrews:11:8, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him”
So my friend, bear with my many words. My point is this: GOD IS. He told Moses so. “Tell them that I AM has sent me to you.” Do you believe in Him and are still passing through tides that you would rather He addressed right NOW but He is taking His time? I personally do. And He has been gracious to give me this word that I am sharing with you now. He has his reasons. Is that a sufficient answer? YES and NO. Yes to a child of FAITH and no to child of FACT and UNBELIEF. Let’s take courage. There is a reason that the saints of old sung the classic song titled IN THE SWEET BY AND BY.
when we see God face to face and we understand fully then the things we only see faintly like in a mirror now, we shall bow before Him and worship HIS AMAZING GRACE. Let’s open our hearts and spiritual understanding to continually know the true God. Let’s not be content with a God who is too weak to deal with all the history and future of humanity’s complex existence. One who shakes in the earthquake, has no answer to the tempted, the sick, the disabled and the poor. The one who needs our pimping for Him to be cool and acceptable. Away with the subjective image of God. I want to relate, trust and follow the real incomprehensible God who both hides and reveals Himself.
Brothers and sisters, take courage.
Yours in the journey, Prince Joseph.