What is God like?

[Child to Grandpa, “What is God like?”]

 

Everyone has thoughts about God.

Everyone is on a spiritual journey.

 

The best place for anyone to explore God is in the Bible.

Gregory the Great said that “Scripture is like a river…shallow enough for the lamb to go wading, deep enough for the elephant to swim.”

The Bible is simple enough for any child, any fool to understand…yet deep enough for scholars to ponder their whole-life long.

That’s what keeps us reading it — it’s not a one-time read.

 

 

In Luke an attorney is asked to sum up the scriptures. He says, “Love the Lord your God with all your hear and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Luke 10:27 ESV)

When you love someone, you try to understand them, even when you can’t (think spouses, children).

Everyone has thoughts about God.

Everyone is on a spiritual journey.

[Grizzly bear]

Everyone has thoughts about God.

Everyone is on a spiritual journey

But not all thoughts about God are true.

And not all paths lead closer to Him.

 

We all have struggles in life, and our struggles reveal our understanding of God.

The problems we perceive in our lives stem from how we perceive God.

If we fear having enough, we believe in a stingy God.

for our society                           wimpy

for our nation                             weak

I don’t believe in a stingy, wimpy, weak God.

I believe in a sacrificially generous, all-knowing, all-powerful God.

 

Belief in God requires faith — even in that which doesn’t make complete sense.

Jericho, Moses’s arms, fishermen disciples

 

The nature of humanity is isolation, but the nature of God is community.

We are confused children before God, yet sent to be the heralds of hope to this world.

 

Child to Grandpa, “What is God like?”