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Thinking about God on the Outside

The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting. Psalm 93:1-2

The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Psalm 113:4

The two verses above have one thing in common.  It is that God reigns.  God is over all creation and the nations.  How often do we think about this side of our God?  Sadly the focus in churches today is about how our God is a relational God.  The phrase that has been quoted over and over again is “Christiainty is not a religion, it is a relationship.”  That statement does contain a lot of wisdom, and as believers we are to be striving to grow closer to Him on a daily basis.  Sadly, this tends to be all we think about.  I believe this focus comes from one of the greatest needs in our society today, meaningful relationships.  This is a responce from many pastors and leaders who are concerned for the people around them.  The socially connected world that we live in today produces more loneliness than ever.  While we connect with people via

text messenging, Facebook, Twitter, or blogs, we still tend to be unconnected with anyone.  So yes we need a God who will relate to us, and who understands what we are going through.  John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  Since Jesus lived on earth, He knows what we go through, and understands the pain human life.  This is how He relates to us.  God being a relational God is true, but this cannot not be the only thing we focus on in terms of who God is.

It is always a dangerous thing to focus on one element of God, and avoid the others.  This can bring about bad doctrine and hinder your relationship with God.  For those who put too much emphasis on the providence of God tend to lose focus on God’s mission for us to reach the nations.  William Carey encountered this problem when he felt God was leading him to go reach the people in India.  He was told that God had it under control, and  he was not worry about it.  (I know there is more to the story than that, but this is a fair summary of it.)

One the other side of this, today out focus tends to be on the relational side of God.  The result has been sermons becoming nothing more than glorifed theorpy session with the goal of reconnecting us to God.  The down side has been a misunderstanding of who God is.  We start to think of Him as our Heavenly Therapist as opposed to our Heavenly Father. We need to balance out our perspective of who God is.  David Wells wrote:

We need the biblical knowledge of the outside God to complete our knowledge of who God is, and we will find that this knowledge often serves as a corrective to the corruptions to which our sense of the inside God is often prone.1

Yes God desires a relationship with us, but at the same time He calls to remember who He is.  The Lord’s prayer starts off with us acknowledge God for Who He is, “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name.”  This is what makes our God so awesome.  He is the the creator and the one who sustains the universe wants to have a relationship with us.  He wants us to be honest with Him, while remembering Him as the Almighty God who gave David the power to slay Goliath.  God desires for us to come to Him with our needs is the same God who had food rain from heaven.  We have to keep our views of God in balance by not putting too much emphasis on one and ignoring the other.

1) David F. Wells. The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World (Kindle Locations 1638-1639). Kindle Edition.

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