A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us” (The Knowledge of the Holy). He goes on to talk about the history of the world and religion, ending with the thought that: “Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God.”
What we think and believe about who God is influences the way we live, the way we conduct business, what we do with our money and resources and all of our relationships. It also influences governments and as Tozer said, churches. Sadly, who God is doesn’t enter into many decisions and policies by most institutions today.
What comes into your mind when you think of God? A distant, aloof being who wound up the world and stepped away? An angry judge/jury/executioner, waiting to lower the boom? A benign, helpless God whose hands are tied and just wants us all to get along? Or a loving, engaged Father who is active in the lives of believers. Or a Brother who laid down his life for every human being so all could enjoy eternity in peace. Or a divine Comforter who gently and lovingly guides, teaches and helps all who are in need.
In keeping with the foundational purpose of this blog, over the next few weeks, we will look (briefly) at who God is in all his triune glory. Until then, I hope you will take time to ponder Tozer’s statement and what first comes to mind when you think of God.