God Is Not A Man***
It’s a good thing to think about God, to ask questions, to ponder the attributes of our Creator as we walk down this path we call life. And I think our heavenly Father invites us to do just that. In doing this we realize that God is not a man, and then, in others times, it’s a little too easy to forget that.
That God is not man is the easy part. What man can create heaven and earth, is all knowing and almighty? These attributes of power and strength give us comfort for good reason. Still, there is another way that God is not like us that might seem a little odd at first, maybe even wrong, until we think about it a bit.
Man, that is you and I, possess personality traits that are sinful. We might think of someone who is jealous, who is a “glory-hound”, who is self-centered, or who always has to have things their own way, as having personality flaws. But what if I asserted that God possesses these same traits and in doing so is holy and righteous in possessing them? Is it possible for God to possess the same traits for himself that are sinful for mere man to possess? Is it wrong for God to want attention, to demand all the glory, to be self-centered, and to always want everything His way? Well, if God is nothing more than a glorified man, perhaps not; and I’m afraid that’s the very way that many actually do see Him. But God is not a glorified man. He is our creator, the maker of heaven and earth, holy and righteous, perfect in every way; and he is worthy of all praise, and all glory and all honor forever.
The first time I heard someone say that God was self-centered it sounded like blasphemy to me. But as I thought about it, I realized that God set some standards for Man that He did not set for Himself, the center of all creation. While it is bad for man to be self-centered, it is a good thing for God. He is God. What other “centered” would we have Him be? What other “centered” could He be? Man centered? As Paul would say, “May it never be!”
Thinking about attributes that would be sin for man and righteousness for God will help you to guard yourself against diminishing God and raising up man in your thinking; which is a common tendency that we mortals seem to have. It helps us to remember that He is the reference point for all things, not us, and again, that is a good thing.
I pray that you would spend your lives contemplating the attributes of God, that you would see His hand in the smallest of things just as much as you see it in the large things. It’s probably all small to our Creator, after all. I pray that the awe you have of Him would grow stronger through your years as the “you” diminishes, and the “He” looms ever larger, and ever more powerful, and worthy of your praise.