This Issue’s Thought Provoker

DO YOU TRY TO MAKE GOD

IN MAN’S IMAGE?

Floyd Allen, Editor-in-Chief GOD’S GOOD NEWS GAZETTE

Surprisingly, to me at least, I recently had a situation where I fell victim to this very issue and had to Repent as a result!  I was working on my latest published book, SCRIPTURES TO PRAY BY, and noticed that the reason I had trouble praying according to Isaiah 62:6-7 was that I was guilty of “Manification” – making God like man – rather than recognizing that He and we are NOT the same.

       Now, we are created in His image, and have a number of characteristics in common.  However, we must constantly keep

Isaiah 55:9 in mind:  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

The reason I had trouble praying according to Isaiah 62:6-7 is I don’t like it when my children tease me for something!

       I guess that, at this point in time, I should share the Scripture I was am talking about with you: 

Isaiah 62:6-7I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who will never hold their peace day or night; you who [are His servants and by your prayers] put the Lord in remembrance [of His promises], keep not silence, And give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise in the earth. (AMPC

The way I paraphrase this is “When you pray, Pester Me and Remind Me of My Promises.”  You see, there are some Promises that God has made to me that have not yet come into fruition and, well, I have NOT been Pestering Him and Reminding Him of those Promises.  Why? Because I don’t like it when my kids Pester me and remind me of my Promises.  BUT, God says “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

       I realize that you may be thinking, “Now, Floyder, ain’t this whole thing a little bit inane? I mean, you not wanting to Pester God doesn’t have anything to do with the rest of us, does it?”  And, obviously, the answer is NO!  The thing of the thing is, there are other examples of Manification that are not a “one on one” situation with God, and their results can prove harmful to millions…nay, BILLIONS!  Let me give you a few examples.

       Several sentiments I often hear include, “A Loving God certainly would not send people to Hell!” or “A Loving God would not let the suffering that exists in our world take place.” These thoughts are then extrapolated to mean one of several things:  “Our God is not a Loving God” ORThere is no God!ORWe don’t have to worry about avoiding Hell, God is Love and a Loving God would not send us there.”  As you can see, these issues are a little bit more relevant and pertain to a whole lot more people than just me!

       The Golden Nugget that I hope you are able to extract from this particular effort is simply this:  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. We don’t have to understand what God does, nor how and why He does it. Rather, we just need to read His Word, Understand it and Believe it – – for we certainly CANNOT make God in our Image!!!

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