When I was planning this blog and trying to figure out what direction to take it in, I realised God needs to be at the centre. Just as I pray He is at the centre of my life, it is incredibly important that He is at the centre of this blog too.
Because of who He is and the power He has.
Ok, Rochelle, who is He then? And why do you keep capitalising the pronouns you use to describe Him?
And what power does He have if the world is suffering so much? Surely if He had all of this power He would stop all of the world’s problems?
Besides, He may have had the power before in the olden days when He performed miracles but stuff like that doesn’t happen today.
Also, is Jesus God? Because how can He be the son of God AND God at the same time?
These are questions that have swirled around in my head before as I’m sure they have done in yours too. So, to begin my blog, I would like to do a series on who God actually is and hopefully answer some, if not all, of these questions. Why do Christians want to place God at the centre of their lives even before themselves? Even before their friends? Even before their family?
When I first think of God, I think of love
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8 NIV)
Love is a beautiful thing, most people in the world desire to be loved without realising that God loves them, has always loved them and will always love them. I’m not ashamed to admit that I love being loved and there is no better example of what love is than when we look to God and see all that He is and does. God sent Jesus to die for our sins, God forgives us daily even when we turn our back on Him, God guides our paths and answers our prayers all in His perfect timing.
When I think of God, I think of a father even greater than my dad here on Earth (and those of you that know him know he is pretty special)
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live (1 Corinthians 8:6 NIV)
Throughout the bible God is referred to as Father (and Abba which means daddy). We are also often referred to as God’s children. A father figure is often seen as a protector, a provider, a loving, caring and fair figure who will do what he can for his children. God is all of these things for us and more. Where our Earthly parents can make mistakes (as all humans can), our Heavenly Father will not. He is the way for us to get through hardship and if we allow ourselves to be vulnerable (like children) in His presence then we will grow in intimacy with Him leading to a place of peace and reassurance. I will speak more about God the Father in a later post about the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit).
I also think of Alpha and Omega (this means beginning and end)
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13 NIV)
This didn’t make sense to me at first, much like many aspects of religion (not just Christianity) scientific fact and logic often cannot be used to explain religious concepts such as God and His presence. This is because He is not of this world, He is Heavenly which means greater than we can imagine and often unexplainable. To my understanding, God exists outside of time as we know it, whilst His Holy Spirit lives within the world, within those that believe.
What does it mean to be a beginning and/or end? To me, this means God knows everything from the beginning of time right until the end. It means He existed before all of us and He will continue to exist until the end. This is reassuring and we can take comfort in knowing that God will always be with us.
To further introduce us to the topic of who God is, I would like to share a video. At just over 11 minutes long (I know! But stick with it if you can), this video beautifully portrays God and His significance.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are as excited as me to explore who God is and why we need Him.
Song of the post: Great Are You Lord – All Sons & Daughters