That was the main question and basis of this week’s sermon. Once you’ve answered the question “Does God exist?” then you almost automatically wonder “What is God like?”
Pastor Trevor went over several possible answers that people usually have. The first is often that God is angry. Why do people think this about God?
Do you even have to ask? People think God must be angry because by and large, most of the population that identifies itself as “Christian” seem to be angry almost all of the time. Christians seem to be always letting the world know what they are against, what they disapprove of and who they see as unacceptable.
Obviously, not all Christians behave this way, but for the most part, many of them do. Or maybe it’s that the media likes to show us those who behave in an angry way. After all, it’s no “fun” doing interviews with happy, peaceful, loving Christians, right? (blah!)
Some people also see God as violent.
I get that. I do, seriously. I’ve read the Old Testament. There’s a lot of violent goings on in there. I’ve never had a huge problem justifying these things, not that it’s my job to justify them, but my thought is that God is God and I am not. Therefore, I am not going to understand everything He does. I figure that anyOne who is able to create anything out of nothing probably knows a whole lot more than me so it wouldn’t be very wise of me to question Him, even when I don’t understand His plan or His reasons for doing/allowing/commanding what He did back then or even yesterday.
I know this line of thought doesn’t work for everyone. I understand that some people have trouble with just trusting that God knows best and letting it go at that when they see things they feel are unjust. I don’t know if that means my faith is bigger than theirs or maybe they just haven’t reached that point in their own spiritual journey. I don’t know if it’s just that we are all wired differently and we all think differently. I don’t know if it’s just a fear of handing that much control over to God to accept whatever He deems righteous or acceptable. I try not to be too naive in this because, for real, I haven’t had any great losses in my life to really test my faith. I haven’t lost a parent or a child to death. I haven’t had a terminal diagnosis given to me or a loved one. I haven’t had a chronically, critically ill child to care for. Maybe I have had it too easy to say I can just trust God, no matter what. But I have people in my life who HAVE dealt with these things and have done so with a huge faith and they are an inspiration to me. I hope that my faith could be as big and strong as theirs if I ever had to face any of those things.
Another way people tend to view God is that He’s uninterested. They either think God is too busy to take an interest in such minuscule things as our health or our happiness or that He is just too big to bother with such things. I can understand this line of thinking too. I mean, being God is a huge thing, right? I think people who feel God is too busy to be bothered see Him as a VIP. A celebrity. Someone who, in human form, usually IS too busy to be bothered. I guess they can’t imagine how God is much more, much bigger, more powerful than anything our human minds can comprehend. And granted, it IS hard to imagine how someone could keep up with, let alone personally know, every person on earth. I have a hard time just keeping track of the few people in my own life let alone a bajillion humans occupying the planet.
But God IS that big. He can and does know each of us, not just by name, but He knows us intimately and immensely better than anyone else ever has or ever will! He created us, after all, and not to just wind up and set loose on the floor like a toy but to love and guide and be interested in every aspect of our lives.
If He knows each sparrow that falls from the sky as it says in Matthew 10:29, then how much more will He know what is going on with us? If you’re not familiar with this scripture, the gist is this… if God takes the time and “bother” to know when each sparrow’s life ends (when it falls from flight) then how much more important are we to Him than the sparrows? Doesn’t it stand to reason that we would be of higher value to Him? Since it is us and not the birds who are made in the image of God, doesn’t it make sense that He would take even more care and interest in us? That is always a comfort to me, that God cares enough to notice each little wild bird (and we can surmise that ‘any bird’ is contained in the word ‘sparrow’ and is not just limited to that one genus of bird) that He would take at least as much interest (and MORE so!) in me.
If you’d like to watch the awesome sermon from my church, you can do that HERE. I’m so thankful for our church and to have a pastor who is so concerned for the Kingdom of God, so focused on outreach and bringing in those far from God.
Please share…how do YOU think of God? How did you feel about Him before you became a believer or if you are not a Christian, please tell me why you feel the way you do about Him? I would love to discuss with you and know what you all think!