God: Your Creator or Your Creation?
Do you believe in God? I mean really believe in Him? Is He your creator or your creation?
It’s not so much what you say that adequately answers those questions; it’s not even what you think you believe about God. The real answers to those opening questions are demonstrated in how you live your life.
How many decisions do you make every day of your life that have never been submitted to God, nor informed or influenced by the principles taught in the Scriptures? In fact, you are more influenced by the culture around you, or what you have studied in books, or what your friends say than you are by God himself. You have not even considered your Creator in the equation, only your personal desires, convenience, needs, comfort, job performance, success, or how you can fit into the cultural mold so that your Christianity is not so obvious.
I think some “Christians” make important life decisions that reflect an attitude of, “If I were God, this is how I would handle this situation?” Instead of asking God how He wants them to live their lives – the things they do, speak, participate in, or allow; they have re-written the Book. God is no longer Creator, Master of the universe, Sustainer of life on planet earth, but just “god” with a small “g”.
Let’s see, how does the book of Genesis begin? Oh, yes, “In the beginning Man climbed out of the primordial slime . . .” oh, gosh, what did he do then? Uh . . . I think it’s in chapter 1 verse 26, “Then Man said, ‘let us make god in our image, after our likeness. And let him have dominion over whatever we choose to allow him to control.” Verse 27 “And so Man made god in his image, in the image of Man he created him, male and female created they him. And they blessed god and said to god, ‘make our lives to be fruitful and prosperous and then wait over here on the sidelines until we need you to straighten things out for us. But in the meantime, we’re the ones in control, so don’t interfere with our plans.’”
Earlier this week I was reading in the book of Job, (located in the Old Testament of the Bible), in chapter 12, when I came down to verse 6 that contains the phrase, “ . . . those who carry their god in their hands.”
It reminded me of an acquaintance I had many years ago who carried a cross in his pocket and made a point to show it to people he wanted to impress with his spirituality. He often said, “I never go any place without this cross in my pocket.” Years later it was discovered that he had been molesting his young daughter and attempting to seduce some of her friends.
Somehow, though this man “believed in god” and had made a profession of “faith” and had even been baptized, he merely served a god of his own creation; a god who was not “God” in his life, but a religious symbol that he carried in his pocket. His had “religion” but not a “relationship with God”, yet he would have said he was a Christian.
If we want to know what Creator God is like, we need to be people of the Book. We need to see Him in the pages of Scripture and do what such a God commands:
Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul . . . You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
We also need to spend time in the presence of God – not just reading about Him in His book.
Just as it is possible for a husband and wife to be in the same room, yet not be experiencing each other’s presence, we often do this with God. We know He is with us, but we’re doing our own thing and not entering into His presence. We need to draw close to God in our spirit – like cuddling up with our spouse on the couch.
James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
Our God is the God who loves, who is approachable, who desires our closeness and has promised to be with us and to teach us all we need to know to live out our lives on earth.
John 14:23-26 “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. . . the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
So, how is it with you? Do you see God the way the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit portray Him? Do you see Him as the Creator who made the earth and everything in it of the natural order, including you? Do you see Him as the powerful Sustainer of life and loving Father of all who come to Him? Or do you see only a god of your own creation; an innocuous bystander, lacking power to rescue you and having no interest in your personal life? Is your life in His hands or your own?
Is God your Creator, or your creation? Your life depends on your answer to that question.
©2012, Marcy Alves
Posted on August 26, 2012, in Christian Growth, God Encounters, Reflections and tagged Christianity, created or evolved?, creation story, Creator deity, creator God, creator or creation?, Genesis, God, HolySpirit, Job, man versus creator, Scriptures, the Helper. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.