There are many ways people try to explain who God is… especially at this time! Some base their understanding of God on all the things they have heard people say about Him or claims of things that were done “in the name of God.” Others understand God through the many things they receive “from the hand of God.” We readily acknowledge God for kind and generous people we like, or the things we have that make life fun and enjoyable. Then we mix all this together and come up with a description of what we think God is like.
Then a virus shows up in the world taking people’s lives, others are stricken with sickness, while the vast majority are paralyzed by the fear of it. So how do people perceive what God is like now? Is He indifferent or passive? Maybe the job of fixing this is just too big for Him. Or could it be He just doesn’t care and chooses not to be bothered, or is He just disgusted by how humans have gone downhill in history? How can we know what God thinks about all this? All meaningful relationships require people to reveal themselves to some degree to each person. People closest to us, those we know best, are that way because we have learned to trust them and respond personally to each other. Without this trust our quest for friendship and intimacy is futile.
There was a man named Moses, who was confronted with God in audible conversation. God told Moses that He was going to send him back to Egypt, to lead a people out of there who knew Him. In his efforts to try and figure how all this could work, Moses asked God, “Who are you, to send me?” God’s reply was simple yet profound, He said, “I am that I am” (Exodus 3:14). God is not what people project Him to be at any given time. Later Moses wrote that there are things about God which we cannot know, but there are things about Himself that He has revealed to us (Deuteronomy 29:29). It was the prophet Isaiah who posed a provoking question… “To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?” (Isaiah 40:18). The next few weeks we will look at a few things that God has revealed about Himself for us to consider. PMC
This thought was written by Paul M. Curtas, General Director of FCAP.