Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him.
We were created in the IMAGE of God. My question is what is YOUR image of God? Let me ask that questions again, What is YOUR image of God?
What I am finding out in the Bible, what I’m finding out in the life of people I know and what I’m finding out in my own life is WE have CREATED GOD IN OUR IMAGE!
All throughout the Bible people created God in their image. The children of Israel had an image of God that He brought them out into the wilderness to kill them. God created in our image!
I once had someone tell me that I needed to fear God. I had this sense that what they meant was I better be careful because God may “zap” me any minute if I don’t fall in line with what they believed to be God’s will. I later found out my intuition was right. God created in our image.
If I were to be honest with myself the image I had of God in the Old Testament was a mean old man. Kind of like the man behind the curtain on the Wizard of Oz. Or the kind of God that huffs and puffs and blows your house down. God created in our image.
God is loooong suffering! God is patient! God is kind. On our best day God is good. On our worst day God is good! That doesn’t mean we get a “get out of jail free” card. There are still consequences of our disobedience.
I have learned one thing is that God is constantly pursuing us even we we drift away from Him. That hit home more recently when I read the book of Hosea. Hosea was a prophet who God told him to marry a prostitute.
Yep! That’s what I said. God told Hosea to marry a prostitute AND have a baby with her.
Why would God tell Hosea to do that? Cause he wanted to use Hosea as an object lesson. He married her, had a baby with her and then she would go out and have physical relations with other men. After she did this for awhile God told Hosea to pursue his wife, bring her home and love her. That takes a whole lot of unconditional love. (I’m not sure I could handle that one! Anyway it’s not about me.)
Israel (as well as us) is like that prostitute. We go around giving away our intimacy to the world yet God still passionately pursues us.
That is the kind of God we serve. A God who passionately pursues us on our worst day and on our biggest failure. If God was so mean why would He give His son to die on the cross for us.
Let me end by asking that question again. What is your image of God?