The God we seek

by Bill Denton

Patrick Morley wrote, "The turning point of our lives is when we stop seeking the God we want and start seeking the God who is." The simplicity of the statement belies the depth of truth contained in the words.

Isn’t this a succinct way of stating one of man’s great problems with God? Isn’t it the common experience of human existence, regardless of the age or the society, that humans seem determined to create a God of their own liking (or perhaps even of their own disgust), rather than accepting the God who is? Evidence of this is seen in the fact that those with different beliefs often resort to claiming that the opposition is simply spouting their own opinions, but not truth.

As much as we might hate to admit it, knowing the God who is may not be the simplest task in which we might engage ourselves. Not that God is determined to keep himself secret, for God has always revealed himself. But, God is known by those who seek him. Non-seekers do not know God, and those who seek must continue to do so. Concepts, ideas and beliefs must be constantly tested, compared to God’s revelation, and perhaps revised or even changed altogether. That very prospect frightens us, for we want to think that we have God already figured out. We don’t want to have to keep struggling.

The problem is that once we stop the seeking, it is likely we will have opted for the God we "want" instead of the God who "is." Make sure that the God you know is the real one. What a poor God it would be if He were simply created in our image instead of the other way around.

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For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.’ Isaiah 45:4-7

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