Is your God just a bigger you?

Isaiah 9:6
“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (NIV)

Today’s Thought
Last year I attended a training session for people in our congregation who visit those who are sick and for those who can’t leave their homes.

The leader, Cathy, had us look at a series of words that described God. Some of the words we could choose from were words like Almighty, Father, Love, Truth, Strong, Steadfast, Friend, Lord, Mercy, Grace.

Then, we were to pick a word we could relate to the most, and which we felt best described God to us.

Really, since they’re from the Bible, there’s no wrong answer. But what I found particularly illuminating for me was that it made me look within myself to see where I needed to stretch and grow in my understanding of God.

What often happens is that we think of God like a much bigger, idealized version of ourselves. If we are always praying for strength, then we primarily think of God as strong. And if we really value friendship, we probably think of God mostly as an unfailing friend.

But God is more than we are. He’s more comprehensive. So what I encourage you to do is think about one of God’s qualities that you don’t first think about when you think about God. Then, over the next few days, make a habit of repeating it back to yourself.

Perhaps… “God is trustworthy…” or “God is nurturing…” or “God is protecting…” or “God is patient…”

As a result, you’ll make yourself more aware of God’s power and presence in your life in ways that that you haven’t noticed before, and in ways that complement who you already are.

When you remind yourself how big God is, you start to feel less small.

By Matthew Ruttan

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