I talk a lot about my God…a God of compassion, mercy and love…slow to anger, desiring none should perish. That IS my God…the God of the Bible.
He is the same God who, as the Creator, can zap us if He pleases…He is a just God, not an evil God. He’s not going to unjustly zap people. But if He wanted to, He could. That just wouldn’t be in character with a loving, merciful, JUST God who the Bible says is love. 1 John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love.” (NIV)
So I was looking at my blogging buddy Bird’s site this morning, and found that she had posted this. My God of Vengeance and One to be Feared. Great blog, as you can always expect from Bird! But wait a minute…does that go against what I’ve been saying? Is that a different God than the One I worship? Absolutely not!!
When I go before God in prayer, I don’t talk to Him in some formal, King James Version of the Bible-worded prayer. That’s true. I talk to him the same way I talk here to you, or to anyone else. That’s who I am, and that’s the me that He knows. I don’t live in a world where King James talk is normal, so I go to Him just as I am. Nothing wrong with that. It’s as it should be. But I do NOT see him as a ‘pal’, or as a ‘fairy godfather’. I don’t go to God and say, “Ha ha! Hey, good buddy…whatcha know??” I go to Him with reverence and in humility, recognizing Him as a great and mighty…but yes also a loving, merciful and kind God. He is worthy of my respect, and of my recognition that He has power…He made us after all. And the Bible has stories of how he has acted out of that power and brought justice when necessary. And it tells us that He will bring justice in the end as well. He is to be feared as One who is not just some guy pal in the sky, but as One who loves us, yes…but who has great and mighty powers, and will certainly use them when necessary.
If you’ve somehow gotten some wrong impression from my words here that my ‘God of love’ is not the same as your ‘God of Vengeance’…either you’ve misinterpreted my words, or I’ve not done well expressing them. That said, I will continue to talk about the God of love that I know…I will continue to love and to use the gifts and ways that God has equipped me personally with, just as I expect that others with different gifts and ways than myself will do. Just as God is not ‘only’ a God of love, He is also not ‘only’ a God of vengeance. The vengeance speaks to the fact that He is just…not to the fact that He’s a meanie of some kind. They aren’t contradictory…they are in fact one and the same. And He uses us in different ways, according to whatever He has equipped us with in our lives. If someone’s way is different than yours, it doesn’t necessarily make it wrong. It just means that you’re equipped differently than they are, and both ways are perfect for what God needs.
How do I see the God I worship? I see Him as the best Father imaginable. What would you expect from a Father? You would expect that He would love you, and protect you, and provide for your needs. You would expect that He would defend you and seek justice on your behalf, and be just with you. What should a good Father expect from good children? He should expect that his children will love him, will respect him, will trust him…will NOT see him as some sort of pal who will give them whatever they want whenever they want, but will do whatever is best for his children BECAUSE of His love for them…and that it won’t always be pleasant. At least, my life thus far says it’s not always pleasant. Sometimes God’s lessons are hard to endure. Sometimes I have to wait way beyond my comfort zone. But I can trust Him, and I do. I have the utmost respect for my God. Make no mistake about it.
Love and blessings,