This question was posed to the congregation at Hershey Free Church recently by Pastor Kevin Dixon. And it made me think.
I hope it made the rest of the congregation think.
For me, this question came at just the right time. I had been struggling with the idea of how comfortable we get coming to God.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be comfortable coming to God, especially since, as believers, He is Father.
But He is more than that. So much more.
A.W. Tozer once said that a high view of God results in the relief of a thousand temporal problems while a low view of God results in a hundred lesser evils.
This is such a mind-shattering concept.
The higher we think of God, the better we view Him, the more we see Him the way the Bible paints Him and reveals Him, the better our lives can and will be.
King David, as well as his son, Solomon, had a high view of God. Both men, as a result of their faith in God and how awesome and mighty they saw Him, conquered nations, built temples and exquisite houses, and established the nation of Israel as the nation of God and established it in peace.
George Muller, when he founded the Orphan House, had such a high view of God, trusted God so much, that he never asked a single person for money or help. He trusted that God would provide, and God provided.
In his text, “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream”, David Platt has this to say:
“The gospel reveals eternal realities about God that we would sometimes rather not face. We prefer t sit back, enjoy our clichés, and picture God as a Father who might help us, all the while ignoring God as a Judge who might damn us. Maybe that is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture-and in the church. We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in his Word, we might discover that he evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give him.”
David’s right. We have, in a sense, watered down God to make Him more comfortable and more palatable to us.
Earlier in the text, David Platt states, “I wonder sometimes, though, if we intentionally or just unknowingly mask the beauty of God in the gospel by minimizing his various attributes. Peruse the Christian marketplace, and you will find a plethora of books, songs, and paintings that depict God as a loving Father, and limiting our understanding of God to this picture ultimately distorts the image of God we have in our culture.
Yes, God is a loving Father, but he is also a wrathful Judge.”
How often do we limit God? How often do you limit God?
When you go to God, do you see Him as the holy and righteous God that He is, or do you make Him comfortable to yourself and water down His majesty?
Do you fear Him like you would fear a mighty King, or do you only see Him as a loving Father?
Are you awed by God?
Theologian Arthur Pink stated, “That God is great in wisdom, wondrous in power, yet full of mercy, is assumed by many to be almost common knowledge; but, to entertain anything approaching an adequate conception of His being, His nature, and His attributes, as these are revealed in Holy Scripture, is something which very, very few people in these degenerate times have attained unto.”
To back up this idea, let me give you a few Scriptures to consider:
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing; and they are counted to Him less than nothing, and vanity. will ye liken God? or what likeness will you compare to Him?” (Isaiah 40:15-18)
“It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: that bringeth the princes to nothing; He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.” (Isaiah 40:22-23)
“Which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, the Lord of lords: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; who no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15-16)
“That is the God of Scripture; alas, He is still ‘the unknown God’ (Acts 17:23) to the heedless multitudes…How vastly different is the God of Scripture from the ‘god’ of the average pulpit!…Such an One is to be revered, worshipped, adore. He is solitary in His majesty, unique in His excellency, peerless in His perfections. He sustains all, but is Himself independent of all. He gives to all, but is enriched by none.” – Arthur Pink
Are you awed by God?