I wrote this the other day in fulfillment of a writing assignment and just felt it might be helpful to share with my “coffee with the Lord” friends…
There are many false concepts and stereotypes of the one Christians refer to as “God.” Many think of Him as an austere, way off in heaven, someone who frowns a lot and is very difficult to please. Not only that, they view him as stingy and someone who only responds to coercion or bribery. If you’re praying, He looks at his big cosmic watch to see if you’ve put in enough time to get an answer. On top of that, if He is displeased, you better appease Him. Those are just some of the popular cultural stereotypes of God.
Problem is, that is not how the Bible describes God. For example, the Bible says, “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, home much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11) So prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance – it is laying hold, in faith, of His willingness! And how about this well-known verse? – “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life! For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved!” (John 3:16-17) And another short clear statement of God fundamental character: “God is love!” (1 John 4:16) So you see, the judgement of God, which is also taught in Scripture, is only presented in the Bible as God’s righteous response to His love rejected and spurned.
If you want to know what God is really like, the best solution is to read what the Bible says about Him! You might be surprised what God is really like!