What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. A.W. TozerWe have tamed and domesticated God. We have shrunk Him down to a measurable size. Often we think God is just a bigger and more powerful version of me. But as Stephen Charnock observes: It is impossible to honour God as we ought unless we know him as he is. An idol of the mind is just as dangerous as bowing down to a physical idol. That ‘s why C.S. Lewis deeply wrestled in his soul and eventually cried out in the midst of grief: I want God not my idea of God!
We begin a new series entitled Who are you Lord? This question was the cry of Saul on the road to Damascus when he encountered Christ. This question was the curious look on Moses ‘ face as he stood before a burning bush that was not consumed. This question has been on our lips when we have stood at the graveside of tragedy and when we have been overwhelmed by unexplained blessing. Who is God? What is He like? What are His purposes & ways? We have chosen to focus on just some of those attributes of God that we do not share in common with Him. Theologians call these the incommunicable attributes.
My hope and prayer is that as we encounter God we will see our idolatrous thoughts and worship God afresh. Like Isaiah in chapter 6 I long that the vision of our great God will radically change our perspective on ourselves and the world around us. May God use this series to revive us and radically transform the way we think feel & live! We want to let God be God! Like Jacob of old may we too cry out: Surely the LORD is in this place and I was not aware of it. May we live in the light of a God who sees everything who knows everything and can be trusted in everything!