How do you Envision God?
It was A.W. Tozer who said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” According to this brilliant theologian, what we think about God impacts our lives and our perspective more than anything else. What comes to your mind when you think about God?
A large segment of society, yes even the church, pictures God as Someone Who is angry with them or waiting to punish them. I believe the enemy works hard to pervert our perception of Who God is because it is so important to all other aspects of our lives. If we think He is constantly scrutinizing us and criticizing us – we are going to feel as though we are living under a microscope and one false step……….
If the church is ever going to walk in the power and manifest the glory that she was intended, we must do something about this erroneous view of God and how He feels about us.
First of all, we must realize that God is in a class by Himself. He is incomparable to anyone we have ever met or anything we have ever known. His love for us exceeds any earthly example or explanation. God’s delight for us is described in one of the Minor Prophets:
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph. 3:17 NKJV).
For most of us, the first picture that comes to our minds is not the one of Him singing over us in His love, or even delighting over us and expressing His joy! Consequently our stingy view of God’s love squeezes our lives and our own aspirations into a smaller space. If we are ever going to be the church of power God envisioned that would withstand the gates of hell, we must view God more nearly as He is.
He is the great God of power – Creator God Who spoke all that is into existence. But yet He is the gentle lover that woos our hearts with His love! How differently would our days look if we held this view of God? How different would our aspirations look if we knew we had this kind of backing? God isn’t looking for our perfection – He is looking for our passionate pursuit! He delights in showing mercy (Mic.7:18).
Many of us were raised in religious settings that portrayed God as delighting in punishment. It’s time to allow the Scriptures to shape our view of the God we serve and as we do this our lives will be shaped in phenomenal ways displaying His glorious Person in truth to our generation.
Heavenly Father, I need a revolution in my thinking, specifically in the way I think about You. Cleanse my heart of wrong mindsets towards you. Forgive me for the many times I have received a wrong perception of Who You are! I want to know you truly and in reality! I’m asking for a release of fresh revelation as I look into your Word and God unveil my eyes to see You as You truly are!