Rescuing the Invisible God
Soul Snack 8/92 ... Rescuing the Invisible God
It is well within my ability to create God in my image, that is, how I perceive a god should be.
Contained deeply within all of us are impressions (now flawed) of the invisible god.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Eccl 3:11
Like a wax impression, God has set eternity (Himself) to reside in us. I have a god shaped impression behind all my thinking. Sadly this god that I now create in my image is likely to be highly inaccurate, maybe even just plain wrong, but it is still there.
If a god shaped impression truly could be captured as I may capture an imprint in wax or clay, it could not represent God. By definition He must be invisible. A visible god must be finite, my senses could 'manage him', he would not be God. If He could be contained by one or even all of my senses He would not be God. He must be bigger, superior and more unreachable than anything I can conjure.
An accurate, recognisable and understandable god imprint cannot be made by me. Any accurate god imprint I could create would make me god, and then he would be lesser than me. I can not grasp. explain or confine God.
I do not want a god I can conjure, because he would be no greater than me, in fact he would then be less than I. I want to worship greatness.
In Jesus, God is truly rescued within my mind. Jesus comes to make Him known. Then and only then is my imprint correct.
Jesus confines and defines God in flesh.
Jesus actions extend the infinite God into His finite earth.
God knows His own rescue, when in my life I define Him from His Son and not from my own opinions.
Thankyou for revealing yourself in Jesus. Help me to only understand you through Jesus and not through I may just think of you. When I keep my eyes on Jesus I know I keep them on you. AMEN
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known. John 1:18
(with apologies to Philip Yancey).