Sunday, Pastor Scooter said something that's stayed with me all week. (This might not be a direct quote, but it's close.) "Your view of who God is says a lot about your faith." I'm not quite sure what this says about mine, but the first thing that popped into my head was "sweet and snuggly."
I've wondered ever since if other people see God as sweet and snuggly, too. Do they know how kind He is in the midsts of sorrow and struggle? Do they find Him such a sweet refuge in time of trouble? As kind as He is powerful? As gentle as a lamb?
There's a passage in Ephesians 2 that sums it up pretty well. (There are a lot of words in these verses, so don't let them intimidate you. I've highlighted the part I'm writing about.)
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:4-7 nasb
When you sort all this out, it means God wanted to use kindness to show us how much grace He has, and that's why He did all that's He's done for us. He made us alive with Christ and raised us up and will take us to heaven, all because of His love and mercy.
My view of God as sweet and snuggly doesn't rule out His justice or the fact that He's serious about sin. However, like a good Father, if we go by His rules, He's the best friend and Father ever.
I love the way King David summed it up: "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him...For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust." Psalm 103:11, 14
Today, share the first words that come to mind about what God is like and, if you haven't experienced the sweet and snuggly side of God, ask Him to show Himself to you in that most intimate and personal way.
"...so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him..." Psalm 103:1
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