"God Light", our Superficial View of God

People in our day have a trivial view of God. If relevant at all, we mold a God in our own image. He is a bearded grandfather smiling in the sky and overlooking our peccadilloes. Our God is much like Santa Claus, giving what we ask when called for and needed. A vague, superficial notion of love is seen in this, a "love light” from a remote, disinterested deity with which we possess no wish to devote our lives. With awe of God reduced, our esteeming of ourselves as independent and self-sufficient captains of our own ship elevates.

The view of God in our culture is so low we reversed roles. It is as if we are the masters and unless He answers to us, we have no need of Him. If we knew of God's holiness, there would be trembling at such presumption. In the secular world, a bare understanding that God is a supreme being is lacking, let alone His awesome righteousness and glory. Yet, in the liberalizing minds of the church, holiness is also subverted. With the failure to recognize God is nothing like us, there are no longer moral boundaries. We need not feel uncomfortable with whatever we do or believe. That would be a bummer, a small comfy god seems so much better.

When you come to understand that God is holy, far above us in sublime purity, our view of the world and ourselves change. We see with convicting clarity. Left alone, we are indeed in dire straights. The good news is this same God of glory loves us in the redemption of Christ. Here we discover God is not a disinterested grandfather. By sending His own Son, He seeks personal connection and is interested in our lives. This awesome God loves in no small way. His gracious mercy is ever ready to forgive and heal us in our innermost being. God's love is so vast it will take a lifetime of growing in Him to begin to fathom and all eternity to enjoy.

There is nothing we can bring to God, no pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps to reach Him. He is holy and we are not. He is righteous, we are not. We stand bare before Him, with nothing but a sinful heart. As we admit our desperate need, we empty our hands and come to Christ our redeemer to be saved.

For those who receive Christ, intimate love, concerned for our welfare in a way no person ever could, is ours. Where once we knew only enmity with the Almighty, we stand in the finished work of Christ on the cross. In His payment for our sins, we are fully accepted and forgiven. That a holy God did this for the undeserved is astounding in mercy. What wonderful love. A holy God loves you in Jesus Christ. He loves you in power and mercy.

God makes no pretense not to deem He can say what we are or are not to do, or tell us we are fallen and need salvation. However, His holy absoluteness brings to light the determined purpose and extravagant completeness of His love at the same time. He is both holy and the redeemer of those who believe. Can a small god of our own making transform our lives or heal our deepest pains? God is in control of all things, can make and unmake, and rules for eternity in righteousness. Such a God of preeminence loves us so much He sent His own Son to solve the very sin problem that separates us from Him. Jesus is risen from the dead, victorious over our sin and separation.

Our response can only be to love the One who first loved us. It is our joy, the completion of our being to receive His kindness and grace.

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:4.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10.

Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him (Jesus), because He always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25.

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