So the Lord was sorry He had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke His heart. Genesis 6:6 NLT
What you think about God matters. Your concept of Him is the foundation for every decision you will make in your life. You worship your concept of God, your faith is in your concept of Him. Your hope is in who you believe God to be. How you approach Him is based on your view of Him.
When I was younger I believed in God’s existence but that’s about it. I was afraid of Him. I believed that if I were to die in the midst of all that I was involved in at the time, I would burn in hell for sure. My concept of God? Harsh, cruel, judgmental and full of rules! I felt like He was going to strike me dead at any moment. Jesus, well I didn’t view Him like that as much. I felt more guilty than anything when I thought of Him. But guilt and fear were not enough to cause me to want to have a relationship with either one of them. I knew the day I did I wouldn’t be able to “keep my options open”. I would have to give up my way of life and that didn’t sound fun.
I never thought of God as being a person; not a flesh and blood person as He is a spirit, but a person, with a personality. He has a mind, will, and emotions. Yes, God has emotions! We often associate emotions with emotional or moody, but not the case with Him. He has feelings, and He feels very deeply but He’s not led into sin with them. He laughs, has joy, gets angry, has sorrow, weeps, and even grieves. Why would a God who knows all things, grieve? It’s because He’s fully engaged in every detail of our lives. He’s not the aloof Man Upstairs that some think. God, who created a world full of humans with the power to choose to love Him, let’s Himself fully feel both the joy and pain of all of our decisions.
We are created in His image, so we can see God’s heart in so many of the things we do, well the good things at least. It’s a desire for every person on the planet to have healthy relationships. Yes, I know we don’t live in a perfect world, and most of our relational experiences have pretty bad. It’s sad, relationships have the power to teach us more about the heart of God than anything else…as a father, mother, brother, friend, boss, and lover. Each one of these relationships has the ability to help us relate to and understand God better. But unfortunately, most of our relationships have skewed our image of God. We see Him through the lens of all of our broken relationships…fathers who were not there for us, mothers who did not love us, friends who betrayed us, bosses who were harsh on us, lovers who hurt us.
The first encounter Satan had with man in the garden involved him attacking the character and nature of God. It caused Adam and Eve to question God’s goodness. Seven thousand years later, he’s still doing the same thing. He knows that how you view God is crucial to your relationship with Him.
To see Jesus, is to see God. In John 14:9 Jesus told Philip “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” If you want to see God more clearly, study Jesus. Read the words in red. Read the book of John to see the Son of God’s heart revealed. It will change your concept and view of God.
So can you see Him as a person? Can you see how deeply He loves and desires to share His goodness with you? Do you know how much joy your love brings Him? Do you see the tender, soft, compassionate side of Him that longs to be close to you? Can you also see the pain that He allows Himself to feel with each rejection? We are not emotionless robots and neither is He. Can you see Him now? Can you relate to Him? And can you live for Him in this new light?
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
God desires for you to see Him clearly. He longs to reveal His true nature to you so that you can live the abundant life He has for you. He wants you to trust Him completely and to love Him deeply. The good news is that over time, the more you see Him and spend this time with Him, the more you’ll trust and love Him. It’s hard to trust and love someone you don’t know very well. And even if you have walked with Him for years, there’s still more to know and love about Him. So spend this precious time whole heartily devoted to Him. I believe He has amazing things He wants to speak to you today! So are you ready? You can start you conversation by listening to the track below, and keep talking to Him for as long as you like. I recommend 20 to 30 minutes at least.
Take some time this week looking at the different types of emotions that we see God experience throughout scripture. Remember, God is not weak, nor does He change, but He does experience the fullness of sorrow and joy and other emotions. He is still unable to sin and is always Holy, but I think seeing Him in this light helps us relate to Him so much better. Enjoy!