Who is God to you?
How do you think God feels about you?
I grew up with the perception that God was some “being” who ruled from up above with an iron fist. I was not to cross Him.
As a little girl, I thought God didn’t like me or He was mad at me. I believed I could never measure up to God’s standards. Ever.
But I wanted desperately to do so. I wanted to please Him. I desired to do whatever it took to earn His love.
I went to church to hopefully help my cause. However, I didn’t understand church. My mind would wander to the point of noticing who was in church that morning, and what everyone else was wearing.
My “talking” to God consisted of memorized prayers that I also didn’t understand. I didn’t talk to Him often.
The Bible was a huge book in a box that sat on a shelf in our home. In high school I had a Bible which I took to my weekly two-hour church education class, but I can’t say I ever read it.
Jesus was God’s son, born in a manger, stripped and nailed to a cross, and rose on Easter. None of that made any sort of sense to me.
Things changed, however, when at twenty-two years old, I was introduced to the concept of God loving me for who I was.
He created me, so He loves me. Really? God loves ME?
I didn’t need to fear Him any longer. I could stop trying to earn His love. There was no need to walk around with guilt on my back for one more minute.
I learned of how God knew I couldn’t measure up to His standards, so that’s why He provided a way to Him through His Son, Jesus.
I became aware of how God desires to have a relationship with me. With ME!
I could talk to Him in plain, everyday words. Words I didn’t have to memorize.
I bought a Bible I could understand, and began reading. The words almost seemed to jump off the page and into my heart. I couldn’t get enough of those words. I still have that Bible, and read out of it in my study time just this morning.
Since that day in April 1991, as I’ve studied, have seen God work in my life, have experienced His love and intimacy, and have witnessed Him answer my prayers (and so much more), I have fallen in love with the God I once feared.
Who is God to me?
He’s love, mercy, grace, forgiveness. He’s almighty, sovereign, faithful, trustworthy. He’s worshipful, everlasting, supreme, perfect. He’s my Creator, Savior, Redeemer, Protector and Friend.
Feel like sharing? Who is God to you?
Tomorrow I’ll share what God says in those words–His Word–about you and me.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I pray this encourages your heart on this Day 5 of 31 Days of Loving God & Loving Others!
Until tomorrow, God bless you!
Continuing on in our journey of 31 Days of Loving God and Loving Others. #31DaysLovingGodLovingOthers
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