Friday, August 24, 2012

What is God Like?

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When I saw the Lamb open the sixth seal, I looked and saw a great earthquake. The sun turned as dark as sackcloth, and the moon became red as blood. The stars in the sky fell to earth, just like figs shaken loose by a windstorm.

Then the sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all mountains and islands were moved from their places.

The kings of the earth, its famous people, and its military leaders hid in caves or behind rocks on the mountains. They hid there together with the rich and the powerful and with all the slaves and free people. Then they shouted to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us! Hide us from the one who sits on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb.  That terrible day has come! God and the Lamb will show their anger, and who can face it?”

Revelation 6:12-17

So many people believe that God never gets angry. Their perception of the Almighty is that He is just the "Man Upstairs" or the old grandfather who let's us get away with everything! They look at all the "God is love" passages and tell themselves that the anger of God was for another time and another place.

The Bible says that God created man in His image, not the other way around. But we try to change who God is and make Him into a God who makes it really easy on His children. We want a God who blesses, but makes no personal demands on our lives.

Another way we remake God in our minds is to think that a minimal commitment to Jesus is all He requires or even desires. We do the "essential to Salvation" things and then sit down to wait for Heaven. We pretend that our relationship with Jesus is an intimate one when we barely even know Him!

"Lord, give me a sober and serious respect for the side of You that will cause shaking and fear in those who don't know and love You. And Lord, help me to step deeper into Your love today and know You in a way that goes beyond being able to describe that relationship to others. May You be praised and glorified forever. Amen."

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