What comes to mind when you hear the word god?
Are you offended that I typed that word in lower case? If so, then you probably have a high view of God. However, most people, on a worldwide scale, believe in a god rather than the one true God.
But it is not enough to think that a word should be capitalized. It is not the word that matters, it is the Being that matters.
A. W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (1)
Is Jesus important? Yes. But if we do not believe that Jesus is God, then we are thinking wrongly about God. Jesus said as much when He said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10.30).
Is believing in Creation important? Yes. Because if we do not believe that something or Someone had a purpose in mind when everything first came into existence, then nothing really matters.
Think about that last statement.
Why get up in the morning if life has no purpose? For that matter, why go to sleep at night? Why eat? Why work? Why play? Why do anything…ANYTHING if no purpose exists?
Now, I realize that some people get to a point in their lives where the questions I just asked are difficult to answer. They see no purpose. Depression overtakes them. Depression is real and should be addressed. It must be treated.
However, it is one thing to find no purpose because the synapses in our brain are misfiring, but it is something else to remove any sense of purpose from everything everywhere. And for everyone to consider that as truth (which, of course, it is not).
Again, what we believe about God is the most important thing about us. If we do not believe in God, then perhaps we think that we are a god. I realize that to believe in God requires faith, but so does virtually any belief system.
No one was present at Creation or the Big Bang or whatever theory one might purport. So, it takes faith to believe that one of those is true. But if I say that I believe in Creation, it not only says that I believe God created it, but it gives me an opportunity to believe more about God – like He has a purpose for His creation, and ultimately that He has a purpose for me.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, the idea of knowing God is overwhelming. The same can be true when we consider knowing about God. Consider some of the terms used to describe the God of the Bible: love, merciful, grace, patient, compassionate, holy, and everlasting. And then we have theological words such as omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (all-present), omnipotent (all-powerful).
But we also have words that describe God as angry, jealous, having wrath, etc. The challenge then is to realize that God is all of those descriptions and so much more.
On the one hand, we cannot think of God properly if we only think of Him as a loving God. For He is a just God as well. One the other hand, we cannot think of God as jealous (as we think of jealousy) because He has given Himself completely to us yet allows us to still choose our response.
So, again, what we believe about God is the most important thing about us. God wants to be known and a term such as Father reveals that fact to us. Yet, we must also acknowledge that we can never fully know God despite His promise to be close when we desire closeness (see James 4.8a).
I am still learning about God. I want to know Him better because I wholeheartedly agree with Tozer, and I know what I believe about God is not fully developed, and thus is far from right. I also realize that knowing Him fully on this side of eternity is impossible (and God is so infinite, I don’t believe we can ever fully know Him on the other side as well).
However, that doesn’t mean I should not seek to know Him more…to love Him better…to serve Him faithfully given what I do know. I believe this is possible because I believe life has a purpose. I believe life has a purpose because I believe in God and that He has a purpose.
So, while I still have much to learn, I plan to seek that knowledge and understanding so that I can become who He wants me to be. I know I have come a long way, but the closer I feel I get, the more I realize the journey is longer than I ever imagined.
What about you? What do you believe about God? Do you believe in the God of the Bible or in a god that you have constructed? Frankly, constructing gods is easier, but far less satisfying than knowing the one true God.
I hope you will choose to follow the true God and that as you do, you find a joy deeper than you have ever realized before.
(1) A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: Harper One, 1961), 1.