It seems that in much of the evangelical church we have settled on a certain number of characteristics that we attribute to God and are comfortable with. We love to speak of God's love, grace, gentleness, goodness and comfort. Those ideas are amazing and truly worthy of our worship. I love Him for all of those facets of His character. We are used to relating to God on that level most of the time. Just look at our worship music. But how often do we worship God for the characteristics we don't really understand? It's as if we have settled on a certain size and shape for the Creator of the Universe. But, this is certainly not the complete picture as He has revealed Himself through scripture.
I am sure there are a number of reasons for this. Maybe it's birthed partially as a reaction to the distant, impersonal God of judgement that seemed to dominate the historic pre-reformation church. Maybe it is a modern, enlightenment thinking persons discomfort with the idea of a mysterious, dangerous God who simply will not fit into the box we have systematically prescribed for Him. Either way, we are missing out on acknowledging and worshiping Him for ALL that He is; not just the facets of His character that we understand and are comfortable with, but for those characteristics that we can't wrap our heads around and that we don't undestand.
We will try and unpack this idea and it's implications in small pieces for the next couple of weeks. I hope you will join me in the journey.