How would you respond to the question: Who is God to you? Take a moment to think about it. My guess is that this is a question we don’t often ponder even though it should be central to our lives as followers of Christ. Who God is to us is so important because it takes the focus off ourselves and rightly readjusts it toward God. A.W. Tozer, an influential preacher and author from the first half of the 20th century, once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” That is not the way we are used to thinking; we are more accustom to thinking about our own successes and failures rather than who God has proven Himself to be in and through us.
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
Scripture provides a constant reminder of who God is and how He has faithfully worked in the lives of His people. You could open to almost any page in the Bible and see that reality staring back at you. The Psalm on Sunday (145) reminded me of how our lives have been designed to be God-oriented; to be focused on His good work in us. The Psalmist begins with words of praise and exaltation and then continues the Psalm by making declarative statements about who God is:
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does
The Lord is near to all who call on him.
The Lord watches over all who love him.
While the question, "Who is God to You?" seems subjective, the answer is objective. These statements that the Psalmist (David) wrote reveal the truth of God as they speak about God's unchanging character as one who is loving, caring, and infinitely compassionate. They recount who God is, what He has done in David’s life, and hold out the promise of God’s continued good work in David’s life. But these are just a fraction of the ways that God could be described and much is dependent on your life circumstances. Either God needs to reveal Himself in a certain way to you or you can only see a part of who God is because of where you are in your life. No matter the state of your relationship with God, it is important to reflect on His good work in your life.
Take some time today to orient your life around God and think about how would you answer the question, “Who is God to you?” Perhaps the answer comes easily to you or maybe you are struggling to see how God has worked and is working in your life. Take time to look; examine your life and see how God is revealing Himself to you today. He is present even when we have trouble seeing Him or when we choose not to see Him.
Pastor J-M shares some occasional thoughts and musings on our life together as followers of Christ. The views are his own.