“Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.”
Psalm 104:1, NIV
One of the critical failures of our time is our lack of understanding about the greatness of God. We have lowered God from His once lofty dwelling place to a place where we are more comfortable with Him and controlling of Him. Our ignoble thoughts of God can never in reality threaten God. However, our low thoughts of God can harm us because we do not know Him for who He really is. Since the doctrine of God is the central point for much of our theology, it is imperative that we have an accurate view of God.
What a person thinks about when they think of God will determine how he lives out his spiritual life. We should not think of God as the celestial policeman, as the big guy upstairs, or as the benevolent grandfather in the sky. Instead we should see God as He has revealed Himself through the Bible. The Bible teaches us that God is our Creator, Guide, and Preserver. He has permanent qualities that are the same to every person and in every age. The Bible says God is a relational being who desires to relate to His creation. God is the source and sustainer of life. God is infinite and unlimited. God is both eminent and transcendent. God is all-knowing and all-powerful. God never changes. He is holy and good.
If we, like Moses, (Exodus 33), Job (Job 38-42), Solomon (1 Kings 9), or Isaiah (Isaiah 6) could only catch a glimpse of the greatness of God, everything in our lives would change.
QUESTION: How do you see God? Do you acknowledge God for whom the Bible reveals Him to be or for how you prefer to view Him?