Greek drama retold the stories of their gods. The problem was, their gods were as vengeful and immoral as the people. They created gods in their own image. They had no higher standard to emulate. After all, we tend to take on the characteristics of whose we admire.
Jesus told the woman at the well at Sychar, “You Samaritans don’t really know the one you worship.” John 4:22 (CEV). Certainly the Israelites at Sinai, having only known the gods of Egypt, had no concept of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Do I know who I am worshiping? It makes a difference in how I approach God and what I expect to receive.
What is my concept of the God I worship? Do I think of Him as a
- Santa Claus, for my “want list”?
- An overindulgent grandfather?
- A strict judge watching my every misstep?
- An absentee landlord, not really a part of my daily life?
What is my relationship to this deity? Is He a distant acquaintance or a trusted friend? Is our relationship estranged or harmonious? Is my God weak or powerful? Majestic or ordinary? Dependable or capricious?
I know the answers to these questions in my head. In my head I know He is a father who longs for his children to come back home. But what does my heart believe about this God? How can I get my heart straight? How can I know Who I am worshiping?
Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3 (NIV). Jesus came to earth for the very purpose of revealing the characteristics of God to us. How can we know what He is like unless we are shown? To know Him is to trust Him. That is salvation. Paul exclaimed, “I want to know Him.”
I too, want to know Him. And I know my worship of the Lord God will be more meaningful as I come to know more of what He is truly like.