What does your God look like?
It’s an interesting question to ask. Because we as humans tend to put God in our “man” box. We tend to see God as our human father, uncle, grandfather, or brother is (was). We tend to ascribe God with his characteristics, whether good or bad or naughty or nice. Examples: If one of these guys was abusive, we think God is abusive and unfeeling. If one of these guys was absent, we think God is absent and uncaring.
But God isn’t like our human relatives. His love is never conditional. God doesn’t want the mindless obedience of a dog and pony show. And God definitely doesn’t want a show of perfection for the masses.
God loves us at all times, no matter how difficult, selfish, or self-involved we are. And all He asks for in return is our heart. He wants to be our everything and fill in the holes created by our human relatives. He wants to overwrite our failures with His glory and smooth over our hurts with His healing balm. He wants to calm the storm of shame within us and clear the clouds with His grace.
Does your God look like this? My God does.
I picture my Father as the father in Luke 15:20, waiting hopefully and expectantly for His child. A Father who never gives up hope for our return when we’ve run away. A Father who watches for and over us. A Father who wants to give us His best, even after we’ve cursed and abandoned Him. A Father who forgives our selfishness. A Father who unconditionally loves and receives us, the prodigal child, back home.
So I ask again. What does your God look like? If He doesn’t look like mine, I’d love to help you get to know Him.
He wants to help you deal with your circumstances with ease (Matthew 11:28-30).
He wants to empower you to walk through your daily life with grace (Isaiah 40:28-31).
He wants to walk with you to give you the insight and clarity you need (Joshua 1:9).
He wants to show you and equip you for the ministry He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11) as you help people by being real and sharing your brokenness (2 Corinthians 1:4).
He wants to give you favor and bless your life (Deuteronomy 28:13).
He wants to forgive and redeem all your shame, sin, and pain (Psalm 103:12).
The one true God who does the impossible and the miraculous (Ephesians 3:20). There is no thing or problem too hard for Him to overcome, no darkness too deep for Him to penetrate, no shame too big for Him for overwrite, and no sadness too great for Him to redeem (Jeremiah 32:27).
The God who walked in human flesh through the gospels and reached out to all people – men and women, the accepted and the shunned, the Jews and the Samaritans and even a few Romans. Jesus who loved children, sinners, tax collectors, lepers, prostitutes, the demon possessed, the sick, and the downtrodden. Jesus who stopped to talk to, touch, and love people society deemed unworthy.
And He’s waiting for you with open arms.
No matter where you’ve been. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what mistakes are haunting you.
He’s ready to receive you. He’s ready to embrace you. He’s already loving you.
So are you willing to have your God look like mine? Are you willing to embrace Him and surrender (Mark 12:30)? It’s a simple process with life-changing results. And when you boil it down to the simplest truth, He looks like love (1 John 4:8-10,16). Unconditional, all-consuming, ultimate healing, gracefully redeeming, fully accepting, no condemnation love. Love that takes all your broken pieces and creates a poem of His majesty and grace (Ephesians 2:10). Love that understands human frailties and challenges (Hebrews 4:15). Love always ready to forgive, to heal, to redeem, to restore, and to repair. Love that “ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things“ (1 Corinthians 13:7) in its unfailing devotion to us.
And that’s what my God looks like. So I ask one more time. What does your God look like?
Marie Fremin, 8/28-8/29/15