I was at the National Youth Workers Convention the first weekend of October and attended a breakout session titled, “Becoming More Like Christ”. In that session our speaker dropped the statistic that is also my title for this post: 38% of American Christians see God as a judge ready to punish. Right after delivering that staggering statistic he quoted A.W. Tozer, “The most important thing is the picture that comes to mind when you think of God.”
What about you? What is the first picture that comes to mind when you think of God?
I believe A.W. Tozer is right. How we view God affects the way we allow Him into our life, the way we interact with Him, and the way we worship Him. I came across a book by Ann Spangler titled "Praying the Names of God." This book is set up like a daily devotional that teaches you about one of God’s names and how to pray that name on that day.
Imagine if we get to know, really know, who God is, how that would change us from the inside out. For instance, God is Elohim, or mighty creator. Knowing that He is the mighty creator helps me see Him as the one to go to, and the one in control. This brings comfort.
Or seeing God as Yahweh Yireh, The Lord that will provide, allows me to rest in His provision, and discard worry. Or, God as Abba, father, daddy, helps me see Him as one who cares, who knows best, a God I can trust with my life. Yes, one of God’s names is Judge, but that is only one aspect. He is so much more than that. And the more we commune with our Heavenly Father, through the Holy Spirit, the more complete the picture we get. The more we trust our life with Him, the more our lives are available to be used in the extraordinary!
So, how about you today? How does your view of God affect your life for the positive or the negative?
Matt Priebe - Family Pastor