What is your image of God? Has it changed since you were a child? What or who has influenced how you perceive God?
When I was twelve years old, my mother lost her 9 1/2 year battle with cancer and died. She was 43 years old. At the time, my image of God could be likened to that of a “Santa Claus figurine” of “going to find out whose naughty or nice” or a Father figure have does not allow anything “bad” to happen. As a result, I did have a crisis with my faith that lasted for many years.
Later, I came to realize that I needed to seek deeper images of God and grow beyond my childhood understanding of God.
The Scriptures gives us some beautiful images of God:
Binder of Wounds (Ezekiel 34:16)
Creator God (Genesis 1:1-26)
Ever-loving God (Psalm 136)
Light (Psalm 27)
Love ( 1 John 4:8)
Merciful God (Deut. 4:31)
Searcher of Hearts (Psalm 139)
The Bible contains varied images of God because God inspired diverse images. Developing mature images of God can be scary, because it requires trusting in God, and accepting life on God’s terms not my own.