As we’ve been looking at the opening scenes in the book of Genesis, one of the important things we’ve done is to take some time to think about who is God. It may not seem like it is worth spending much time on. Perhaps we think we’ve got it all figured out already or that God doesn’t really matter that much. In fact, I would be willing to bet that some of us would be willing to keep God out of our lives until it is convenient or we think He is needed.
I’ve had the privilege of looking closely at Genesis 1-11 over the past several months (spending time in the Word is one of the greatest blessings of what I do). As I have read the text and commentaries about the text, I have been reminded repeatedly about why I love and serve God the way I do. Genesis clearly paints a picture of a loving, interactive, all-powerful God who longs for relationship with all He has made. A lot of time could be spent wading through all the characteristics of God which are presented in Genesis. But the one that I can’t get over is God’s interaction with His creation.
Some much of what we hear about God or gods points us in the direction of a God who doesn’t want to be involved in the daily grind of our life. And yet, the God of Genesis is shown to be active in each day of Creation and in everyday since. I need a God who is all powerful to be active in my life because too often I come up short. I need a God who is loving because too often I am not. I need a God who is relational because too I would shrink back to my own life and only care about my own wants & needs.
The God we read about in Genesis is not a myth, fairy-tale, or an invention of human imagination. This God is real, active, sustaining, loving. In short, thinking about God involves more than just using your mind. It is about an encounter with the living God; an encounter that aims to be life changing.
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Pastor J-M shares some occasional thoughts and musings on our life together as followers of Christ. The views are his own.