We each have an image of God. And in the God we imagine, we recreate ourselves (Psalm 115:8).
The God we worship is the person we become.
If we worship a God of wrath and harshness, we become a person of wrath and harshness.
If we worship a God who is aloof and unresponsive, we become a person who is aloof and unresponsive.
But if we worship a God of grace and love, we can become a person of grace and love.
If you’ve ever been angry at a God you don’t like—at a God who hasn’t done what you think he should—read these words by Brian McLaren.
“The fact that things have gone this way—that things have ended up like this—may lead them to believe that God has failed. And so, they may punish God with fury and insult, blasphemy and invective, mockery and derision.
Reactive believers may try to silence them. ‘Don’t talk that way!’ they’ll say. They might even threaten with damnation those who rage.
But what they don’t see is that the god the angry are punishing deserves to be punished. Beneath or behind that failed god is another G-d, one whose higher standard exposes the false, failed god as a fraud. The rage wouldn’t exist if some vision of the true God behind the false god didn’t remain.
Perhaps by raging against the failed image of God, it will fall, and behind it the true G-d will appear, the true G-d to whom Meister Eckhart prayed, ‘God save me from god.’”
– Brian McLaren, Naked Spirituality
The god who disappoints me is a misunderstanding of who the real God is. Because this is who the real God is . . .
- God is good (Psalm 136:1)
- God is light (1 John 1:5)
- God is merciful (Psalm 103:8)
- God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9)
- God is creative (Colossians 1:16)
- God is gracious (Psalm 145:8)
- God is compassionate (Micah 7:19)
- God is forgiving (Psalm 103:12)
- God is love (1 John 4:8)
May my inadequate god fade away. May the true God arise.
God save me from god.
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
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- Change your tone
- Don’t keep carrying her