How I View God Matters

JonNealPictureIf you’re like me and have been around Christian culture for a long time, you may be familiar with the diving board analogy. The basic premise of the analogy is that sometimes in life, we are brought to the edge of uncertainty; and, by faith, we just need to “jump off the diving board” and trust that God will catch us in the deep end of the pool. (See any Christian message titled “Dive In” or “Take the Plunge”). Though I understand the point behind the message, it often leaves out a significant piece.

The focus of the message hones in on the action of diving in rather than the one who is doing the catching. Point is, if I see God as a little baby with floaters on his arms; order me some Chipotle, because I’m not getting off that board. However, if I see God as a 20-foot giant who is standing on the bottom, we have a different story. (Just to clarify, God isn’t a 20-foot giant… keep with the analogy people…).

To state it simply, God is teaching me that how I view Him is a big deal. It affects every inch of my life, whether I’m cognizant of it or not. This is why the theologian A.W. Tozer says, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

Life is difficult. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by the burden of school coming around the corner. Maybe you’re facing the daunting anxiety of work. Maybe you’re feeling the heavy weight of a crumbling relationship in your life. It can paralyze you.

Do I want you take the plunge? Yes, because God truly is good and faithful. But even more than that, I desire for you to get to know Him deeper, which then provides you the motivation and joy to jump freely into His trusting hands.

Think about it. If you knew God for who He truly is – in control of every detail, completely good, all knowing- think about how that would transform your daily decisions! This is what God is challenging me with right now.

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13

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