Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What Does God Look Like?

"Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2, NIV)

So often, I think we look for God is these outrageous sorts of ways. We expect our interaction with our heavenly Father to be like something out of a Charleton Heston movie with enormous natural events and a booming voice to answer our pleas for help.

We seem to forget that God is the Creator of reality and works through people and situations, not just miraculous events. It might be helpful to remember in life's trials and triumphs what God looks like, though we often forget it's Him:

  1. When times are tough, there's a hospitalization or crisis in the family, El Roi, the God who sees you, shows up through the kind soul who's at our door with a meal or a kind word.
  2. When we're overwhelmed, we can see the love of Yahweh Shalom, Christ our Peace, in that friendly, willing person who takes our kids on an adventure just so we can get a break.
  3. When we feel empty, frustrated or abandoned, our tender Immanuel, the Lord with us, puts His arms around us through the listening ear of one who cares or who has walked a mile in our shoes.
  4. When we don't know how we'll pay the bills or make ends meet, Jehovah Jireh, God the provider comes to the rescue through an anonymous gift or surprise refund, leaving us bewildered as to how we ever kept afloat.
  5. When we get that little opportunity to see a beautiful sunset, smell a gorgeous bouquet, pet a soft puppy, hear a symphony of birds in the morning or taste the fresh produce of the season, Elohim, our Mighty Creator is filling our hearts to the brim.

While we may think that God no longer speaks or we hunger for His presence, we need to be mindful that He IS here whether we recognize it or not. As the Body of Christ, WE are His hands and feet to a hurting world. (Romans 12:4-5) He promises that He's always there when we seek Him out. (Jeremiah 29:13) He loves us deeply and cares about our every trouble. (Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 56:8) THIS is what our awesome God looks like.


  1. I needed this one as we're getting ready to send Little One on his way. It's so easy to forget all the different ways God is with us.

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