On Monday I wrote about worshiping the true God rather than having idolatry of Him. In essence, I described how serving a god who is your idea of God rather than actually God is idolatry. This is a frightening reality because it is far too easy to do. If we aren’t seeking the Father for Himself, we’ll affix almost anything on His image to manipulate Him to be what we want. We’re broken, and our problem since the Garden is we think we know. In actuality, everything we know must come from God. This is why we must remain inquiring rather than assuming in our relationship with Him.
My Idea of God
Why would we do this? What motivates our preferring a veneer of God to God Himself? Control! We fear a God who is unpredictable and some of us prefer a delusion to losing our control. I don’t say this as if I were someone who has never done this. I too have tried to force clothes on God to make Him be whom I thought I needed. Funny, it’s like a child trying to put baby clothes on a cat so they can have a living baby doll. This usually doesn’t work out too well, often resulting in a clawed face. My experience of doing this to God has been devastating and usually has humiliating consequences. God won’t fit into my baby god clothes.
We have a God who fashioned us into His image from the dirt, not vice versa. We’re called to yield to Him as sovereign God, The Author of our reality. With our imperfect vision and limited understanding, we can fail to grasp the scope of what He is doing. Again, this is why I must remain inquiring rather than assuming – or projecting.
While writing this post, I remembered something Martha wrote in her booklet, The Great Lie.
“Your life is an expression of your idea of God. Now I didn’t say, ‘Your idea is an expression of God.’ I said, ‘Your life is an expression of your idea…of God.’
“You are living out,
and living by,
your concept of God.
“You are like who you think He is. You are just exactly like who you think He is. So it’s crucial that who you think He is be the right perception.”
My Idea of God is ME
These words have rocked me so many times! I’ve personally had unworthy thoughts of God, believing Him to be something He is not. And the point of these last two posts is to emphasize my need to worship God rather than idolize the Him I think is, could be, or should be.
The reason this is so paramount is because, as Martha said, my life will be an expression of my idea of God. Imagine, I am the walking billboard of who I think God is. This being said, it gives me all the motivation I need to make sure that it’s truly God I’m worshiping rather than a simple idea of Him.
~ While looking for the images for this post i found this quote by C.S. Lewis.