PhotobucketAs I’ve grown and met many different kinds of people in different churches across the US, I’ve noticed that everyone seems to have a different view of God.  This is sad in many cases.  For me, He has seemed to change as I’ve grown up, though that isn’t the truth, of course.

Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).  Hebrews 13:8

When I was a kid, God was like my daddy – I had a great daddy who loved me and my sister to pieces, so it wasn’t hard for me to accept that God was my Father who loved and cared about me.  It was a very simple faith, a child’s faith, and it lasted all the way up into my late teens.  I trusted Him.

When I was about 20, we moved across the country and started looking for a new church.  We found one that we thought we liked, though we did have a funny feeling about it.  Still, we thought maybe we were being picky and stuck with it.  We ultimately were sucked into a deeply legalistic form of “religion” there – it was not all about God.  It was all about man and what we could do to earn our way to heaven.  There, I felt my child-like faith unravel and I began to doubt my salvation and my ability to please God or even communicate with Him.  It was just too hard if I had to try to please the God that the pastor showed us.  A God who was ready to pound his fist down right upon our heads and turn us to dust the minute we messed up.  Leaving that church was the best thing we ever did.

It took me awhile, but I’ve studied the bible for myself since then and seen who really God is.  When I was unable to read the bible, I prayed for God to show me Himself and His plan for my life.

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

I found a God of love…

Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:7-10

(I love the amplified bible version, too – you can read this chapter from the amplified bible here at Bible Gateway)

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37-39

A God who promises not to forsake me…

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 (It says this in the bible at least eight times!)

A God who doesn’t turn away from me when I mess up…

He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

A God who is ready and waiting for us to come to him…

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  1 Timothy 2:3-4  (Not all men will be saved, but he is ready for us!)

A God who wants good for those who choose to trust in Him…

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  James 1:17

Everything you need to know about who God is is in the bible.  And I know that He is faithful by looking at my past prayer journals – I’ve seen him answer prayer after prayer.  Maybe not always in the way I wanted, or not as quickly as I wanted (never as quickly, lol).  He has also always been faithful despite the mistakes I make in life (as perfect as I tried to be, I still made mistakes and continue to do so).  He has made good come from them, even!

I feel like I learned a lot about God even from writing this! Thanks to At the Well for starting a bible study for women and encouraging everyone to link up!  If you would like to join in on this bible study that started just yesterday, head on over to Week One of God, Who Are You?

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I would like to know now, who is God to you?


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15 Responses to Who is God, Really?

  • I agree with you in many ways. God does want everyone to be saved, but I don’t believe everyone will be. Thankfully He is a forgiving God, and if we truly try to live our lives as He desires, remembering to repent when we know we’ve done wrong, following His commandments, He will be merciful to us. I am so thankful to have Him in my life… I’d be so lost without Him!

    • Thank you for sharing! :-)

      I agree with you, not everyone will be saved. The bible is clear about that. I just like that God *desires* everyone to be saved. There’s so much to Him, there’s no way I could cover it all in one short post! lol

      I really appreciate your comment, and am so glad that He’s your Savior, too! :-)

  • Lindsey, that was wonderful. God has definitely been a picture of a father for me. Through my relationship with God I have actually been able to develop a better relationship with my own earthly father. Believe it or not, my relationship with God has always been closer than the one with my father. As a child my dad worked nights and was exhausted and sleeping in the day time. We actually had a better relationship when my parents broke up and I had visitation with my dad. He then HAD to make the time. But God has always been there. I have always felt very comfortable with communicating with God. When I was 19 my dad disowned me (we reconnected in my 30s). I have lived some life’s experiences where I would think a perfect God would disown me, but nope…he is always there waiting for me to come to my senses. I too have a prayer journal and I have seen time and time again how God has worked in my life.

    To me God is faithful and loving.

    Have a great day! :)
    .-= Kelly B´s last blog ..Superbowl Ads =-.

    • Hi Kelly! It’s such a blessing that you are able to have a close relationship with God as your father – sometimes when our earthly dads are sort of disconnected, it’s hard for us to relate. That’s a real gift from God. :-) Thanks so much for sharing, it means a lot to me!

  • I’ve really begun to think of God as out of the boxes lately. He is so much more than any of us can ever imagine that it is truly mind-boggling! I’m so thankful to serve a God that really can’t be defined with human language. He is so amazing!

    • Very true! And you have no idea how hard it is to write a post about who God is when you really need to read the whole bible to know who He is. :-) Thank you for sharing your heart!

  • Could you define love for me? Are you talking about an emotion, an action, or something else? What is love from God? Is it discipline, creation, His presence?
    I’ve come to value people defining their terms because it can mean so many different things in our culture.
    .-= Bebemiqui´s last blog ..When In Rome =-.

    • Hi Bebe –

      I think the best definition of love is found in the bible:

      1 Corinthians 13

      “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

      Love never fails.”

      God is love, and He loves us the way that 1 Corinthians describes love! That’s the truest love, the love we want from other people but will never quite get because they’re human and fallible. God is our example of love. He showed the ultimate example of love when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. And, when we confess our sins, “He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness”. That’s love. He also gifts us with His Holy Spirit when we confess that we need Him and His forgiveness, so that we won’t ever be alone. He guides us in our everyday life and shows us love that we don’t even have to earn (trying to earn it is pretty pointless, believe me). :-)

      Here are some verses describing His love for us:

      (He knows our deepest innermost thoughts, knows and cares about every tear we cry, and even knows how many hairs are on our head!)

      “You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle–are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8

      “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And [yet] not one of them is forgotten or uncared for in the presence of God. But [even] the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be struck with fear or seized with alarm; you are of greater worth than many [flocks] of sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7

      “O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off. You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.” Psalm 139: 1-4

      I hope this answered your questions!

      • So, are you saying the definition of love is contained solely in God? I ask because when you look at passages like this:

        “Beloved (he’s addressing believers), let us love one another, for love is FROM GOD; and EVERYONE WHO LOVES IS BORN OF GOD and KNOWS GOD. THe one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (Here comes my definition of love)By THIS the love of God was manifested in us, THAT GOD SENT HIS ONLY SON into the world so that we might live THROUGH HIM. In this love, not that we loved God (because we don’t glorify Him as He deserves ever), but that He loved us and send His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:7-10

        And what is sin?
        “for all have sinned and(what is sin?, It’s to…)fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

        Wow!

        One other comment, while I enjoyed your post, be careful when you quote passages like 1 Timothy 2:3-4 and John 3:16. If God wanted “all men” to be saved, are you saying He is unable to make that happen? Not all men are saved in the world, so are you a universalist?
        .-= Bebemiqui´s last blog ..When In Rome =-.

        • Bebe:

          God is definitely able to save all men, but he gave us free will – he didn’t create a world of robots. Thankfully! lol He “desires” that all men will be saved. He is ready and willing to love and accept us at all times. :-) But not everyone will be saved, as I mentioned above in the first comment reply.

          Now if you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them as best I can – feel free to reply to the email I sent you. :-)

          I would also recommend that, if you have questions such as these, you ask a pastor. I can answer some questions, but pastors generally (hopefully!) do deeper studies.

  • Lindsey, I am so thrilled that you will be joining us as we come to know God in more real and intimate ways.

    I hate that you had the experience you had in the “legalistic” church you were in. But, on the flip side of that, I’m thankful that from this experience you were drawn into God’s Word to discover for yourself who He is. When we begin digging into the Word, who God is becomes so much more personal and alive to us.

    I love your list of who He is to you, especially the one about Him never forsaking His children even when we mess up. Goodness knows I’ve made my share of mistakes, but God has been patient with me through them all, loving me right back into His arms.

    You are exactly right that everything we need to know about God is in the Bible, and my prayer is that through this study we all will come to know the God of the Bible more as we open up His Word and unearth new truths about who He is.

    If you have questions or comments about week 1 be sure to email them to me by Friday, Feb. 12th at jenifer@byhisgraceministry.com

    Again, I am so excited you are joining us on this journey, and for all you ladies who would like to join us as well, know that you are more than welcome to be a part of this study.

    By His Grace,
    Jenifer

    If I may… Bebe, how can the definition of love NOT be soley contained within God?

  • Wonderful post!! I look forward to getting to know you better over the next few weeks as we grow in Christ together!
    .-= Mom of Many´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday (Happy Valentine’s Day ) =-.

  • Ahhhhhh…… yes, who is god to me? Geez, that is such a hard questions to answer as I am sure you know. I feel similarly to you in the sense that my idea of god seems to change the older I get. But honestly, the idea of god is not one that I have even thought about in depth enough. I am not atheist, just haven’t really thought about that much, but do in small snipits and hearing what others think about god and how they view it is very interesting to hear. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..How to Make a Photography Portfolio =-.

  • yes Love came from the almight God

  • To me, God is the light that took away my darkness, He is the love that took away my hate, He is the peace that took away my self-destruction. God gives me wisdom when I need it, He disciplines me when I need correcting, He cleans me up when I get dirty, He guides me when I need guidance, God’s love burns like fire in my soul, He is my Father, who loves me well. Thank you God for always being there for me. I love you! Thank you Lindsey for a terrific article. God Bless You

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