What’s your name? No don’t tell me, I know – you like to be called Bob, your favourite colour is purple, you’re a ballerina, you like drinking Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
No? Well I’m going to call you Bob anyway and I’ve already ordered you a cocktail at the bar, why don’t you dance over there and get it?!
You wouldn’t treat another human being like that, would you?
So why treat God like that?
So many times I’ve heard people talk about how they imagine God to be.
‘God is love – he wouldn’t send people to hell!’
‘I don’t think God would mind – he wants me to be happy.’
‘I think God is a woman.’
‘I like the God of the New Testament, but the God of the Old Testament is sooooo angry – my God isn’t like that.’
But we don’t have to guess what God is like – he has told us.
Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
We don’t have to guess what God is like – he has shown us, and come down personally to shake us by the hand.
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
If you are worshipping God in any way other than the way he has asked to be worshipped, then you are not worshipping the God of the Bible.
God is the same from before page 1 until beyond the final page.
Have a read for yourself – it’s a great book.
If you would like help in knowing where to start please contact Grace Church and somebody will be happy to help.