Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Personhood of God

What is God like?... We often wonder what He looks like, sounds like, or if He's even there.  We were created in the image of God, that means He looks like a man - He has a face, hands, legs, feet, hair, etc.  The Bible says that when you've seen Jesus you've seen God, which means Jesus looks like His Father!  There is a family resemblance!  But, as I was in prayer today, the thought was given to me that God is more than just a "person"; He is a lot of things that we need, hope for, long for!

1. God is rest.
Out of all the things I need, this is the deepest need I have at times.  Rest is not something we do; it is something God-given.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11: 28

2. God is peace.
Any peace of mind, heart, or body that we have can not last apart from the Presence of Christ.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7

3. God is Love.

This is a statement we often hear, but don't always understand. Love is not what or who we want it to be. Love is what or Who it is -- it is God. When we tell someone we love them or think that we love someone we must ask ourselves if we are acting or feeling the way the God would. If we aren't, then it is not love but a cheap substitute.
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."
1 John 4:8

4. God is liberty!
Everyone wants to be free. Most people think freedom is doing what you want when you want. This is not the case. True freedom is being what or who we were meant to be or intended to be. God has formulated a plan for each of us to become our best, but freedom involves trusting the One who made us and knows us better than we know ourselves!
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
2 Corinthians 3:17

5. God is hope!
This world is depressing. Days are long; nights go by in "the blink of an eye". The world keeps growing worse - farther away from the pristine condition in which it was created. But most people cling to the hope that one day their lives will be better or that there is an afterlife. This world is doomed (hate to say it) but we can live in hope for our lives to have meaning if we accept the God of hope. And of course there is an afterlife of which we hope and long for.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13

In conclusion, if we're looking for love, or tired and need rest, or sorrowful and need hope, or feel bound by anything, we are looking for a person - a being - and not on this earth.  We are looking for God - the Author and Finisher of our faith - which can only be found in the person of Jesus.

"For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that it is the brightness of his glory that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6

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