Who is God to me?

Sunday morning, we wrestled with our views of God. How do you see Him? Would He say:

  • “You’re not good enough. Try harder. You could do better.”
  • “I’m too busy running the universe to worry about your behavior. You know the rules.”
  • “Nothing you can do will make Me love you more or less.”

In UrbanDictionary.com, you can find these definitions of or comments about God:

  1. “The reason I passed math.”
  2. “The main character in the fiction work, ‘The Bible.’”
  3. “An entity whose opinions on the consumption of pork have been a matter of hot debate among the world’s religions.”
  4. “A voice that talks to you from the public address system in stores, ‘Clean up in aisle 3.’”
  5. “Man’s most deadly creation.”
  6. “A widely known imaginary friend.”
  7. “The reason for anything currently unexpected or unknown.”
  8. “Some say he doesn’t exist, others say he is indifferent. Still others say is the picture of love and he is all-powerful. Some claim to follow him but don’t truly do it; some scoff at his followers, and a rare handful of people actually follow him.”

According to the editors of the online dictionary, the word ‘God’ is one of the most popular words to readers and contributors. People have a lot to say about their ideas of God. A little girl named Harriet was concerned that so many people seemed to discount God: “Dear God, Are you real? Some people don’t believe it. If you are, you better do something quick.”

Does God need defending? Paul wrote to the Romans: “For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God has made. They can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God” (Romans 1:19, 20). Perhaps the problem isn’t with God, but with the people who claim to represent Him. Dick Milham once said, “I’m glad I became a Christian before I knew too many of them.”

I think I’ll go with these two kids. I think they got it right.

Herbie wrote: “Dear God, Count me in. Your friend, Herbie.

Nora wrote: “Dear God, I don’t ever feel alone since I found out about you. Nora.”

(Children’s Letters to God, compiled by Eric Marshall and Stuart Hample)

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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