When I think about the God of the Bible, and all I have studied and read in His Word, I see the same God throughout Scripture. He is the same God he was when I first started reading the Bible, and He is the same God today as I write this devotional.
God is loving, just, forgiving, disciplinary, instructive, wise, unchanging, and consistent. The Lord doesn’t compromise on His authority. God doesn’t look down at humanity and say, “I no longer consider that sin or that an abomination” because of the societal norms of our time.
I see a God that is omniscient (all-knowing) omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (everywhere). When I read the Bible, I see a God who seeks a relationship with His children. The Lord wants a relationship with me and He wants a relationship with you.
God calls evil, evil, and good, good. When I read the Bible, I see a God who offers peace, joy, love, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, patience, goodness, and self-control – all good things.
What I don’t read and see in the Bible is a God of chaos, unrighteous anger, slander, insecurities, unreliable, and lacking. I don’t see a God who created man and woman, leaving them to fend for themselves.
Just because humanity/society has changed doesn’t mean God has or will change who He has been, who He is, and who He will be to suit our sinfulness. It is actually the opposite. We should be the ones changing to be more like Him – more holy and less sinful.
Many believe God should become more like them. That God should come down here and live like we’re living, see and experience all we see and enjoy. God should enjoy all we want Him to enjoy so that it makes what we’re doing more acceptable to God.
If what men and women were doing was acceptable in God’s sight, why did Jesus come? Why did Jesus come to pay the price for our sinfulness? Answer: Because we are found to be sinful and unholy, which is not who God is or ever will be.
1 Peter 1:16, ”For it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.”
Repentance begins when we realize we are not God; when we quit demanding God be more like us, when we realize our unrighteousness before God, and we come into agreement with who God says we are – sinners.
How do we know humanity wants God to be what we want? Pride. Arrogance. Idolatry.
We have made idols out of gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone, and wood and formed them into what we think God should look like. If we do this, we control who we call god in our life. We claim to be superior to what our own hands have made. We become prideful and arrogant.
Contained in the Ten Commandments, God says have no other gods before Him. How can the created being tell the creator they know best? Because of life’s experiences? Pride? Arrogance? Desire to be a god ourselves?
Isn’t the one who invented the watch the one who knows how the watch works best?
We will not see a change in our lives until we put God back in His rightful place – on the throne in our life and take ourselves down off the throne. Until we drop our pride and arrogance and humble ourselves, we will not see the kind of change God wants. Until we get rid of our idols, we will be tossed to and fro like ships on the high seas.
How long will we go on being obstinate people?
No political party or anyone else can fix what’s going on inside of us but God.
Your first step?
Turn to the Lord.