“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)
BEYOND BELIEF published week of AUGUST 1, 2021
It is of extreme importance how we view God. There were two sociologists from Baylor University who surveyed almost 4,000 adults in America and asked them about their views on God. Interestingly, they discovered that nine out of ten Americans “believe” in God. Furthermore, they found that the way they picture God determined their attitudes on everything from economics to justice, social morality, war, natural disasters, science, politics, and love.
Hence, the findings from this research raises an important question: How do you view God? If you ask this question to one hundred different people, you will most likely get one hundred different answers. The average person has some kind of a “god” they believe in. People have varying ideas, beliefs, and views – and yet they claim He is the same God. Please understand, I am not talking about different religions, rather I mean different views of the One and only true God. How can this be? How can the Great I Am change from one person to the next? He cannot; therefore, it is our ideas and views of Him that are out of focus.
Here are a few incorrect views of God that I have heard others cite to me throughout my ministry. First, there is what I call the “Mean Old Man God.” People who have such a view, often tend to see God as an angry, harsh father who is always trying to catch us doing something wrong so he can unleash His punishment. This God delights in punishing. This God, however, is not an accurate biblical representation of the true God. Psalm 86:15 says, “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” Psalm 145:8, describing God says, “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. ” So, the “Mean Old Man God” does not exist.
Then there are other people who have an exact opposite view of God. I call this view the, “Good Ole Boy God.” This God is my buddy. He is cool and loves to hang out with me. I can approach this God casually, in whatever way is comfortable for me. Like the first view mentioned, this view is also abiblical. When God revealed Himself to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, this is what happened: “And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.” (Exodus 19:18). What was the peoples’ response to this? They stayed at a distance, telling Moses, “And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” (Exodus 20:19). Therefore, this “Good Ole Boy God” view is also far from correct.
Therefore, the way we view God really matters. We must seek to have a correct view that aligns with what God says about Himself in Scripture? His view is the only one that matters.
“Father, Help me to see You clearly . . . as You really are and not as I think You are. Please take away any incorrect ideas I have formed about who You are and how You work. I long to know You more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”