What Do You Think About God?

A.W. Tozer once astutely said, ““What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.”

What do you think about when you think about God?  Do you think of Him as an idea formed in some creative mind?  Do you think of Him as a higher being that has nothing to say and little power?  Do you think of Him as the creator and sustainer of all things?  How you think about God not only says something about you, it has everything to do with how you live your life. 

If God is of no real value to you, if He has no significance in your life, then you probably don’t think about Him much at all. You certainly aren’t be concerned with what He has to say.

As Christians, what we think about God is essential to our faith.  God is who He says he is or the Christian faith is really just a story.  But we believe that God IS who He says He is. We believe that He is the creator and sustainer of all things.  We believe that He has spoken to us through his words in the bible.  Believing this to be true, we can trust what He says and realize the need to listen carefully and apply His words to our lives.

The bible tells us that the one true God is self-existent.  This means that He has always been. There has never been a time when He didn’t exist.  The psalmist expresses this in the 90th psalm when he says, “Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  In Revelation 1:8, John records God’s words saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

In addition to his self-existence, God is completely independent.  This means that He needs nothing else from anyone.  As far as this important matter of life is concerned, we must understand that God has life of and in and through Himself.  God does not depend upon anyone or anything outside of Himself for life.   Not only does He have life in Himself, but God is life; He is the immortal, living God who is the Lord of life!  In all His Being, God demonstrates independence in many ways. No one influences his thinking.  No one tells Him how to express His will.  No one counsels Him how to use His power. He exercises each of these according to His sovereign design.

In the midst of realizing that this is true about God, we realize that he doesn’t need me at all.  This is only a sobering truth, it’s a little scary. Thankfully, God is not only all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present.  He is also loving, gracious, and merciful.  It is due to these traits that he makes Himself known to us.  And this he does through the loving gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

What do you think about God today?