God’s Showing His Age. Is It Time for a Makeover?

We have become a people obsessed with youth. We want to look young, feel young and act young. As one who looks and feels the ravages of aging, I can relate. Getting on the floor with my granddaughters is easy. Getting up… not so much!

So, in response to this passion for youth, what do we do?

We get makeovers, all sorts of makeovers. There are the cosmetic surgery, Botox, health diets and exercising. Then there’s the clothing, having the latest and greatest in our homes and the electronic toys. Young, young young! Or modern and up to date. And we try to keep up with the changes in culture and knowledge. The “Age of Enlightenment” and all that.

It’s not all bad. Neither is it all good. Especially when it becomes an obsession.

But in human terms, God is just plain OLD! As we measure time, God is literally older than dirt. There have been a lot of changes in this old world since God was a youngster. (Ponder that one, friends)

So, isn’t it about time God got a makeover? Not so much His looks. After all, who ever sees God anyway? But He’s certainly dated… old-fashioned… staid and out-dated.

Those of you who know me are probably asking yourselves “What’s gotten into Art today? He’s always seemed to like God pretty much the way He IS… and has always been.” (Human perspective)

Let me assure you, Art hasn’t changed his views. God IS the same yesterday, today and forever. (See the blog series on Exploring the IS-ness of God )

Yet I do struggle often. Try as I might, there are times when I define God the way I want Him to be, not as He IS. We all do. It’s impossible to avoid while living among other human beings.

God created us in His image. Where we really go wrong is when we try to remake God into our image, to reflect our desires, our character, our values and how we want Him to respond to us.

Can you think of a situation where you (individually or collectively) have defined God the way you want Him to be?

Why would we want to do that? God is perfect the way He IS, right?

We immediately run into problems when we try to “define” God instead of getting to “know” God.

We’re sinful, selfish. We want to “fit in” in the world. We want a God that is contemporary. That would make things so much easier, wouldn’t it?

So, let’s make this real simple:

God is perfect.

Humans are imperfect.

God is unchanging.

Humanity is fickle.

Why in heaven’s name would we want to remake God into our image of what He should be, into our character?

Get to know Him as He IS. It’s all in your Bible.

Shalom, Art
Alive in The World

My thanks to Chris S. whose message this morning sparked this blog.

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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6 Responses to God’s Showing His Age. Is It Time for a Makeover?

  1. rlm4136 says:

    An interesting concept: A “contemporary God” In fact He is always contemporary in every generation. The notions that perception shapes beliefs and is the fodder for shaping relationship suggest that God’s “knowableness” is a reality that is realized in relationship a s well as attributes. Relationship is mitigated by Jesus who defines who God is,– He is the visible manifestation of the invisible God. You are so very right that we need a greater emphasis upon knowing, experiencing and knowing God beyond a lexical definition in an experience define, regulated, and possible by Jesus Christ. Thanks so much!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Very interesting Art. You have looked at God from the perspective of yesterday and today and He seems old. What if we look at our God of the future. Will we instead be old and He be very young again? . Just a thought.

    • EXCELLENT question… and the answer relates directly to the IS-ness of God.

      For our entire mortal lives, God will seem old. That’s because we humans are bound by the dimensions of time and space. Following the resurrection of our bodies, God will seem neither old nor young. He will simply BE… He can do that… He’s the Great I AM!

      Shalom, Art

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