“There’s nothing more important than rightly knowing God and thinking true thoughts about him. But there’s also nothing I find more difficult. And that’s not for the reason you might assume…What makes it difficult for us to see the truth about God, I think, isn’t his overwhelming immensity but our overwhelming self-centeredness. Looking past ourselves is a lot harder than most of us realize. Many have never tired. In this way we’re a lot like the people walking past the windows of the coffee shop. Instead of looking through the window of God’s self-revelation and seeing him, we find it easier to admire our own reflection or to place on him the constraints of our own existence. We judge him by our standards of justice, fairness, power, and mercy. We even measure his greatness by our own ideals of greatness.”
-Joshua Harris (Dug Down Deep p 39)
When getting into discussions about God, or Jesus in particular, whether with Christians or non-Christians, one of the top questions that I ask is “where do you find that in the Bible?”. I don’t ask this question to be a jerk or obnoxious (though some people may take it that way). I ask the question because we all fall into the trap of imposing our beliefs about God onto God based not upon His self-revelation in the Word but based upon our personal preferences. When we fall into this trap we end up worshiping a god made in our own image and according to our likeness rather than allowing God to reveal who He is to us and allowing Him to change our thoughts about Him to match the truth.
Can we humble ourselves to acknowledge God for who He is and not who we want him to be based upon our own (often self-centered) preferences? Are we willing to submit to God’s self-description as spoken through the prophet Isaiah?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”