How we view God determines how we live. It really is that simple. So, who is God to you? Is He dead or alive? Vengeful or patient? Generous or mean?
Our priorities, values and choices hinge on who we think God is. Thankfully, we have the Word, the life of Christ, as well as His revelations to ourselves and others to guide us in to accepting a correct view of God. This greatly helps us to live a life for the God we know, rather than just the God we know about.
If we come to God in prayer with a distorted perception, we aren’t embracing His glorious fullness. Pray with awareness, and in awe, of His kindness, patience, forgiveness and power. His Word tells us that if we confess our sins, He will forgive us. (1 John 1:9). It tells us that He is a generous Father (Matthew 7). It tells us that He will draw near to us when we draw near to Him. (James 4:8). Coming to God expecting Him to condemn you, or punish you or ignore you is not coming to God as He has revealed, and longs to reveal Himself . He died so that you may experience all that He is, and all that He has for you. Don’t rely on what others have told you about God. He wants a relationship with you. He wants to reveal Himself to you. He wants to embrace you.
God never changes, and that is why He is our dependable Rock and Fortress in an insecure world, and as we lean upon Him in humility and worship, we find ourselves discovering more of His splendour. Like any relationship, our one with God, changes and deepens as we spend more time with Him. It is the most astounding, surprising, beautiful relationship we will ever have. Hear Him. Be open to His revelations about Himself. Get to know Him. Who He really is.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:11-13