An old man in a rocking chair, sitting among the clouds.
Long, white beard flowing down his chest as he sleepily surveys the world.
Every once in a while, if someone yells loud enough in their prayers, He is spurred to action.
But most of the time he is just steadily rocking away, with very little concern about this world.
Frenetically busy with all of life, scurrying this way or that way.
Dealing with the “big stuff” of life.
But not really concerned about the details of my life.
After all, my stuff is small compared to all of that.
Scrutinizing every detail of my life, just waiting for me to trip up.
Looking for all that I do wrong every day so that He can pounce on me.
Much like my cats stalk a bug, He is prowling, always there, always ready to squash me.
The eternal judge.
Always holding scales in His hand, weighing my good against my bad.
And always shaking His head in disappointment when I don’t measure up.
Powerful, but unconcerned.
The “watch maker” who set all this in motion but then walked away.
A big light somewhere, or a cosmic ball of energy, pulsing away somewhere out there.
But largely uninvolved.
A good man.
A great teacher.
Charismatic in personality.
But a wimp, really.
Always speaking softly.
A true nice guy.
Able to do really cool miracles.
But mostly a squishy, soft, teddy-bear of a guy.
And the Holy Spirit.
Supposedly living in Christians
But pretty powerless to do much of anything.
Mostly a nice idea.
But not a change-maker.
There but not known.
Someone who gets lip-service.
But not really an important part of much of anything.
God the Three-in-One, created in my image.
By my imagination.
In a way that makes Him (mostly) safe.
Keeps Him from mucking with my life.
And helps me to deal with the ways I feel like He has failed me.
But then there is the God of the Bible.
The One Who has revealed Himself in the pages of Scripture.
The God Who IS – not the One I think He is.
Or even the One I want Him to be.
God the Father, seated on His throne.
Sovereign over all things.
With ultimate control of every circumstance.
Perfect in all His ways.
The One who “…who changes the times and the seasons” and “…removes kings and establishes kings.” (Daniel 2:21)
The One who makes “the king’s heart like channels of water” in His hand, turning it “whichever way He wishes.” (Proverbs 21:1, AMP)
The One Who “delights in every detail of our lives”. (Psalm 37:23, NLT)
The One Who “daily carries us in His arms” (Psalm 68:19, NLT)
The One Who showed us His holiness in the giving of the Law, knowing we would break it.
And then also gave us His One and Only Son as the substitute for our punishment, knowing He did not want to live without us.
And that is just the beginning of Who the Bible says He is.
And then there is Jesus.
And fiercely man.
Angered by sin and yet compassionate towards sinners.
At least those who recognized their need.
Scathing with the religious leaders who were misguiding the people and reveling in their own righteousness.
And yet gently dealing with those who acknowledged they were broken.
Children were drawn to Him.
While the self-righteous were repelled.
Confident in Who He was.
And what He was called to do.
Strong in body and in mind.
And yet open to dealing with the outcast. The disenfranchised. The rejected.
Which does not mean completely weak.
It means that He held His unlimited power under His control.
Knowing that He spoke the world into existence and could speak his enemies right out of it, He harnessed that power and became a servant, even going so far to wash the feet of Judas, the one who would betray Him.
Unlimited strength, limited by self-control.
And one day soon, we will see Him as John saw Him: “Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.” (Revelation 19)
In other words, we will see Him as He is.
And the Holy Spirit.
God Himself, living inside of every believer.
The Comforter, yes.
But also the Strong Guide.
The One Whose voice should never be ignored.
The power of God, indwelling every believer.
Sealing us for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:14)
Giving us everything we need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living and working in you. (Romans 8:11)
And the Holy Spirit of God giving you the strength to live a new life in a new way, laying down the old sinful self and living full out for God. (Romans 8)
The Triune God.
Mighty to save.
Fully hating all that is sinful.
Yet fully loving all who sin.
And yet ready to take all of His righteous wrath on Himself so that you do not have to bear it.
Always at work for those who wait for Him. (Isaiah 64:4)
Always willing to fight for you. (Exodus 14:14)
Regardless of how you see Him.
Your perception of God is not His reality.
He is Who He has revealed Himself to be in His Word.
And when you catch a glimpse of that, get ready!
Knowing Him as He is will change your life.
Acknowledging the Truth of Who He says He is opens the door to amazing adventure.
A life that makes a difference.
A life transformed.
Who is your God? Who have you made Him to be?
I dare you to see Him as He is, as He shows Himself to be in His Word.
You’ll be glad you did.