The way can be scary

I am giving away kittens. It is really scary for them. From a family of six a kittens they get put all alone in a strange plastic tote. They ride in a car, feeling motions, sounds and vibrations that they have never experienced before. The kitten does not know about the loving family at the end of the trip.

scared-kitten

Sometimes our Christian walk can seem just as scary. But we can know God and His character. We can trust in Him.  He knows us better than we ourselves do. He knows our deepest fears, wants and desires. He knows what is truly best for us. Our forever home is being prepared for us and is more than we can ever imagine. We need to trust and obey Him, remembering we are on a journey home.

Learning about God

The closer I get the clearer He is

The closer I get, the clearer God is

My view of God has changed since as I have grown up and that is good. As a child I thought as a child and as an adult I should think like an adult. My first lessons of God came from my Mom. When I did something wrong my mother would say: “Don’t do that again. God will get you for that”.  So as I child I learned God was all seeing and a judge who would punish me for my sins. There is more to God than omniscience and judgement.  At some point I did notice that if my dad was present he didn’t disagree with her but was uncomfortable with what she said.  But Mom was probably exasperated and was using the God line to coerce me to obey. His reaction gave me a glimmer that perhaps she was not right. Slowly, as I have read and re-read the bible, and listened to excellent expository preachers, I have learned more about Him and love Him more deeply.

What does the Bible say?  When we read about Him, we need to evaluate our ideas of God.  Does our idea of God line up with scripture?  If our ideas don’t line up, it is us who needs to change.

The more I learn of him the more there is to know.  How does your description of God compare with what the Bible says about Him.

Who is God?

Some say there is no God. Others say there is a God but each person describes Him in such a way that I wonder if we are talking about the same person. There are many descriptions of God.  Some people see him as an indulgent grandfather who readily forgives those who confess wrongs and then showers them with goodies. Others think of Him as vengeful, out to get anyone who steps out of line. Another opinion is that he set the universe in motion and then has stepped back and the world is on autopilot. There are many more. (I used Him,  and person, in the second sentence and that would be open to debate by some).

What we think God is one of the central keys to how we conduct our lives.

When you imagine Him, what is the first descriptive word you would use? What is His character like? Do you project characteristics of good or bad men in your life on Him? Sorting out what our beliefs are is important.

The next step is to see if our opinion or description aligns with what He says about Himself. But that is for another day. Image