My God Is….
Who is God to you? Each one of us has a different opinion of who God is, but who is God? Many of us have a shallow perception of who God is and I would like to share who God really is.
People are so shallow. People ask you to pray for them, but when you ask them for more details so you’d know what exactly to pray for, they can’t even explain very well, and just tell you, “just pray for me.” We don’t even know what is wrong with ourselves. Most of the time, we are the ones putting ourselves in despair by confining ourselves to such thoughts and generalizations or premature assumptions. Sometimes we overlook things or panic. We also forget that we are not alone in our life.
There are many sins that we are guilty of, but these are the most common ones that I could think of:
We are guilty of the sin of reduction. Many of us put God in a box. We define God as we see fit. We insist that God will not do such a thing because is this and that, and He is not this and that. We forget that our minds are so limited and there is no way that we know what the Lord is thinking and how He thinks. The only thing we are limited to is knowing what is right and what is wrong, and yet sometimes we even get confused with that. We should never stereotype God. He has a mind that is way beyond our comprehension. Let us stop analyzing Him and just accept the fact that we know so little about Him and His ways, but do know that He is all good and He knows what is best for you. We just need to trust in Him and be hopeful, and accepting of Him and His ways.
We are guilty of the sin of repulsion. We partially accept some truth about the Lord, but we choose what we want to keep, and deny the others. It’s like selective hearing. A very good example would be people that I see from different Christian communities. I would encounter people who would ask me if they can smoke in front of me. I don’t know if their question is one of being polite, or just stubbornness to accept the fact that they should stop smoking, and that they should be more concerned of other people’s lungs. To me it’s fake politeness and sheer disobedience. One cannot be good and sin at the same time. That is stupid. Another example is I offered free Kerygma Conference tickets to those who couldn’t afford it but wanted to go. I shared this offer to my church group mates, so they can help me spread the news so that many rightful people can benefit from it. One of them asks me if he could have two. I give him two. This person is a businessman and is not really hard up. I had the impression that he was giving it to his maids or drivers. I found out that he used it to buy tickets for his wife and daughter. I never expected this guy to behave like that, for he is very actively volunteering in the community. I tried to explain to him that it is for the less fortunate, and he reasons out that he has bigger problems than the poor people who just can’t afford the ticket, like his office expenses and salary expenses. I was totally shocked, dropped-jaw and all.
To know who our Lord truly is, we have to be completely humble, open-minded, and accepting of His truth.
Here is what our Lord truly is:
Based on Isaiah 6:1-7, God is all-powerful, infinitely majestic, all-pure, and He is in charge of everything seen and unseen. He sits on a throne and he has dominion over everything. Not even the high-level angels are able to look at Him eye to eye. This is how highly in position God is. He has dominion even over all evil. The earth is filled with His glory. The Lord is the holiest of all holiness. Nobody is as holy as God, nor comes close to His holiness.
David wrote Psalm 139, and the whole psalm explains who God really is. He can see you wherever you are and He knows what you’re thinking even before you put your thoughts into words or into actions. He knows what you need, and what things you will do. He goes on to say that the Lord is inescapable, yet David shows us the intimacy of his relationship with the Lord, and his loyalty to Him.
In Isaiah 6, Isaiah, along with his funny recollection of the time, (They had no calendar at that time, so they recall time based on events that happened before or after) estimated that in same year that King Uzziah died, he was given a vision of the Lord seated on His throne. He felt privileged yet, he felt that he was undeserving of the vision, for he was unclean and filled with sin, but God made Him clean using the seraphim.
In Isaiah’s vision, you can see that God is set apart from the rest of us. He is absolutely distinct from the rest of His creation. He is morally perfect. He is perfectly righteous. As you can see with what the Lord did to Isaiah, although our Lord is high and mighty and in charge of all affairs of men, He makes an effort to connect to us, and allow us to be close to Him.
What Isaiah saw in his vision was actually Jesus in all His glory. John 12:35-41 documents this fact.
In Revelation 4:8, it says, “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,
‘Holy, holy, holy,
the Lord God the Almighty,
who was and is and is to come.’ ”
The four living creatures here are the same creatures that Isaiah saw, the seraphims. God is omnipresent and can see what you do wherever you are. He has eyes on you even when you think you are alone. The angels worship our Lord every moment non-stop because they are fully aware of the Lord’s holiness. Their actions reflect this knowledge and their awareness that they belong to a holy God.
Because our Lord is a holy God, we too, therefore, should strive to be holy. In 1 Peter 1:13-16, Peter urges us to discipline ourselves, and set all our hope on the grace that Jesus will bring you when He is revealed. He tells us not to live life in ignorance by conforming to your sinful desires. As He who called you is holy, you too, should be holy.
Titus 2: 11-15 also states, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one look down on you.”
Indeed we must renounce our worldly passions, and be more focused on being upright and godly through the grace of God. We should strive to be like Christ. That’s why we are called “Christians.”
Revelation 4:10-11 states, “the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.’.”
Living life apart from a fallen world is a hard thing to do. Even Paul described his last days in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 as “fighting the good fight.” However, we are not to fight this battle alone. God’s grace is sufficient and a reward awaits us in the end! The Holy Spirit guides us and strengthens us in this battle. The promise of the crown of righteousness and our award on the day when we be judged should be an incentive for us to stay within the graces of our Lord. The Lord’s blameless and upright ways move us to follow Him.
Reading the bible on a regular basis, attending a church support group, and engaging godly activities with good people are some activities that keep you suited in God’s armor.
So, to sum up, let us be aware of God’s omni-presence and recognize the sanctity of every situation that we are in, whether we are alone or not, for God is with us all the time. We should also be aware of His holiness, and being His children, we are expected to follow His ways. We should never give up on being righteous, for we should remember that a reward is in store for those who are prepared and have done good in life. We should have that armor of God to be able to withstand against the evil one. Read the bible everyday.