I regularly hear people say, “My god isn’t like that!” They may be referring to a particular biblical teaching they disagree with when making that comment. The truth is we don’t get to decide what God is like. God is. We may decide to believe God isn’t. We may decide we don’t like the God who is but we don’t get to determine what He is like.
God is a person, alive, thinking and a communicator. He reveals to us what He wants us to know about Him. He does that through His creation, “The heavens declare the glory of God. . .” He does it through Jesus Christ, “If any man has seen me they have seen the Father;” He does it through His Word, “I exalt my Word above my name.”
It is the role of humanity to humble ourselves before Him and make our mission seeking to know the God who is and what He is like. It really doesn’t matter who agrees or disagrees with what you discover because each of us will one day give an account of ourselves before Him. I believe He will ask, did you do your best to discover who I am and what I’ve revealed about myself?
If your God has been passed down to you, or you have created your own version of god and you have not really sought to know the God who is, I hate to break it to you but your god exists only in your mind. You have created your own little idol god and he is not real, alive, or powerful. In fact the only place he resides is between your ears.
Jesus asks a question in Luke 18:8, “But when the Son of Man returns how many will he find on the earth that have faith?” Faith is believing what God has revealed about Himself enough to shape your life by it.
Why not decide this Christmas you will lay aside everything you have believed about God that you haven’t really discovered through your own seeking to know Him. Start over with fresh eyes, looking at Creation, study the life of Jesus, read the Bible with one question in mind. “Lord, I want to know you, show me what you are like, teach me your ways and correct my path.”