The new you… escaping false views of God; part 6
“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24)
“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Jesus – Matt. 28:20)
We have been talking about people’s false perceptions of God – and how those perceptions have a profound effect upon a relationship with God.
Yesterday, we talked about the view of God as merely a Magician – who exists to address all our hardships and troubles, by his power.
Today’s view focuses on God as, seemingly, detached and disinterested in our lives…
The Picnic god. This manner of god is seen as the deity who created all things…. and then “went on a picnic.” In other words, he set things in motion, and then just let things be. Whatever happens, occurs by random chance – and god is virtually indifferent to anything that transpires on this earth.
Obviously, one does not seek out this type of god (and he is certainly not to be worshiped) because he is never really present – or relevant to our lives!
This view places a major emphasis upon the efforts of mankind to “take the bull by the horns” – because god is not around to do anything to help us. A god of this type is virtually impractical for one’s daily life, so mankind is left as the only agent of any action or change. Those with this view must live by the mantra: “If it is to be… it is up to me!”
Those with this perception, may “believe in God,” but they do not see him as relational or personal – because he is detached and indifferent to any situation or circumstance of their lives. He really has very little (if any) interest in us , or in what happens to us. He may be a deity, all right – he just isn’t available.
Battling the mindset of a god who is indifferent is actually a struggle for many Christians. There ARE times when God certainly seems distant – unconcerned, or unavailable. In these times, the problem is never with God – it is with us. These are usually the times when we get so caught up in our selves, and in our struggles, that we really can’t sense His Presence. In those “senseless” moments, we can find our thoughts turning away from the truth of God’s promises to us… that “He will never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5).
This is why it is often so helpful to have on-going relationships with other believers. We need each other to correct our vision – and to re-direct our thoughts when we get a little (or a lot!) “senseless.”
The truth is: God is everywhere. He has not vacated the premesis. He truly is intensely interested in our little lives. So much so, that He is willing to invest the riches of Himself into us. His infinite love compels Him to be actively involved in our lives – especially when, in the midst of the turmoil around us, we turn to Him and express our trust in His faithfulness. “…He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Who He is.” (2 Timothy 2:13 NLT)
Prayer focus: God, help me to see You as You really are – and to believe the promise of Your Presence, and faithfulness, at all times.