Monday, March 30, 2009

view of God

"The problem is that many folks try to grasp some sense of who I (God) am by taking the best version of themselves, projecting that to the nth degree, factoring in all the goodness they can perceive, which often isn't much, and then call that God. And while it may seem like a noble effort, the truth is that it falls pitifully short of who I really am. I'm not merely the best version of you that you can think of. I am far more than that, above and beyond all that you can ask or think." p 98 The Shack

Pretty powerful fiction literary message there. It's what we do though, isn't it? I mean, it's what is natural to do - God must be a version of the best human, only with more power, and a ghost like cloud presence over everything. Pretty sad that that's all we can come up with.
Truth is we can't even begin to fathom who God is. We have scripture to help us understand, though. Here is a few of what I picked out. These are some of His attributes that I'm holding onto this morning...

God is -
a Deliverer
Exodus 6:7 "...then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians."

Exodus 3:14 "...I am who I am..."

Leviticus 11:45 " holy, because I am holy."

Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"

a Protector
Psalms 91:4 "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

Do you have any to add? Who is God to you today? Which part of His amazing character qualities are you holding on to today?

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