What is God like?

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What we think God is like determines our relationship with God.

An eight-year old boy lost his bike and his mom warned him to find it or else! So that night he prayed, “Lord, if you help me find my bike tomorrow, I promise I’ll mow the yard every week for the rest of the summer without my parents asking me.” But, as he thought about how long and hot the summer would be, he prayed. “Lord, cancel that promise. Instead, if you help me find my bike tomorrow, I promise you that I wash the dinner dishes every night for a month without being asked.” But then, thinking about that messy job and how it would cost him some great summer twilight time, he prayed. “Okay, God. Forget that.” Then, he got out off his knees, ran downstairs into the living room, grabbed the statue of the Virgin Mary, raced upstairs to his bedroom, and hid the statue under the bed. Then he prayed, “Now here’s the deal, God. If you want to see your mom again, you better find my bike tomorrow or else!”

To pray to God other than He really is to pray to a creature of our own imagination. For example, some people think that God is like “the man upstairs”, or “a higher power, or “somebody up there likes me”, or “my god would never do that.”

What is God like?

God is not “like” anything we could imagine. He is incomprehensible. Our finite minds can’t get our heads around the infinite God. All of us tend to develop a concept of God based on what we know and like. Is your god is a Frankenstein creature of images that you’ve snapped together from your pile of lego-block preferences?

That self-generated mental creation of god is actually an idol. An idol is not just a graven image. An idol is any thought that is untrue of God. The God of the Bible said, “These men have set up idols in their hearts.” (Ezekiel 13:3) “You thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you.” (Psalm 50:21)

God is not “like” us. Though we are created in His image, having a spirit capable of relating with His Spirit, God is infinitely “unlike” us. He is “other” than His creation. Separate. Holy.
Uncontained and uncontrolled by our metrics. Science is a wonderful tool for understanding and manipulating what fits in its self-made box bounded by our physical senses. But, God doesn’t fit in the container that the philosophy of science has constructed. God exists infinitely outside the box of empirical phenomena because He created it all and is above all. “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16) Imagine that!

How do we accurately know the unknowable God and relate to Him accordingly?

We see what God is like when we see Jesus. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) But, we cannot see Jesus with our physical eyes. How then can we see Him? With the eyes of belief. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) A.W. Tozer put it this way: “In Christ and by Christ, God effects complete self-disclosure, although He shows Himself not to reason but to faith and love. Faith is the organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience. God came to us in the incarnation; in atonement He reconciled us to Himself, and by faith and love we enter and lay hold on Him.”

This faith comes from the seed of God’s Word when it is planted in the good soil of those who allow its truth to enter deep into our thinking. “Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17) Then, His grace and His Spirit’s germinate that word into belief.

If we would experience the real God and His power in our lives, we must begin to think of God more as He truly is. May this God of the Bible stir our hearts to seek after the true God for He requires that we worship Him in truth and spirit.

What is God like? Read any Gospel and record the answers to these questions:
Who does Jesus say He is?
Why did Jesus say He came?
What does Jesus ask us to do about Him?

Look over those verses and ask God to give you more faith to believe what Jesus said. Let me know what God shows you.

For His glory,
Pastor Mike