“We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained.”
-A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.
What a sad commentary on humanity. How short even our thoughts are from God. God in the mind of many, as Tozer said, is a collage of religious images; skinny unscathed Jesus on the Cross; gentle Jesus snuggle close to lambs; God stretching out his finger to Adam but not quite touching. Experiences and people we know taint the image of God. We see God like we see our Father, or Mother, Pastor, or influencing figures. However, the worst seems to be Tozer’s last assertion that becomes a culmination of all the sublime ideas we have entertained. This is as if to say, God is a great as we can imagine. How tragic! A God whose glory and majesty power and grandeur can be housed in the mind of a man. God is none of these things. God is Holy other. He is separate and far from the thoughts of man. He is bigger than we can imagine and more intimate than we grasp. He is more than our sublime ideas, and possible less.
God is love, but not as man imagines love. Because for God love is who he is, not what he does or how he acts. God does not love like man loves. Every action God does is love. For man it is hard to except judgment and discipline as love. But for God all of these actions are seen as the same, they are simply God in action. God’s actions cannot be classified as love or wrath, judgment, or grace. All of these action spill from the same well, the spirit of God, who is love.