WHO IS GOD TO YOU?
If I asked: Who is God to you? What would your answer be? I would imagine that the answers would vary greatly, depending on what one has been taught or how one has experienced God in their lives.
Some would say: He is my Saviour, My provider. Some would know Him as healer and deliverer. Since He is our All in all there is no right or wrong answer, just an answer based on our experience and encounters with Him.
As we look at scripture, we find that the Bible uses many different allegories to describe our relationship with God. In Psalm 23 we see Him as our shepherd and we are His sheep. Jeremiah describes Him as the potter and we are the clay. In Revelations He is described as the groom and we are the adorned bride. All of these illustrations are beautiful and valuable in helping us understand our relationship with God. However, as valuable as they are, I have found the most accurate and empowering truth about who God is to us, is the truth that Jesus taught.
How did Jesus teach us to relate to God?
Jesus taught us to relate to God as Father in the same way that He did.
In Luke 11:1-2, we see that after Jesus had prayed, His disciples came to Him and asked: Lord, teach us how to pray. I believe that this request came from a place of them seeing Him pray in a way that they had never seen anyone else pray before. What followed was the lesson we call “The Lord’s Prayer” or “The Our Father“.
In this lesson on prayer, the first thing that Jesus teaches us is to address God as our Father. The implication is that Jesus is teaching us to relate to God in the same way that He did. (Later on in Romans 8:29 we see that Jesus is the firstborn among many brothers.)
Having established in our hearts that God is our Father, the next question is: What kind of Father is He? Is He present or absent? Is He cold or affectionate ? If a fall will He condemn me or lift me up?
Brothers and sisters, our thoughts about the nature of God are the most important thoughts we will ever have, because they shape every aspect of our lives either for the better or for the worse.
What kind of Father is God?
To answer this question, we need only one word; LOVE! GOD IS LOVE! (1John 4:8)
THE BEST WAY TO RELATE TO GOD IS AS A LOVING FATHER.
Dear friends, the most important thing any person needs to know, is knowing Jesus as their Lord and Saviour! Thereafter, they need to know God as their Loving Father!
This is my prayer for you!
Much love to you all!
Marlon R Oliver