“God is not a human being, He does not lie. He is not a mortal, that He should change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and failed to fulfill it?” (Num. 23:19)
The image commonly conjured of God is often that of an elderly gentleman with long flowing hair and a full beard.
While this is not untrue (for indeed, God can take any form He pleases), it is a quite an oversimplification.
In fact, it is often a welcome oversimplification, because God cannot be conceptualized in terms our puny human brains can understand.
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
God is not confined to a decaying human body. Thus, He is able to exercise omnipresence – being everywhere at once.
Our brains are only so big and can process only so much. God’s brain created, and maintains, the universe.
The most intelligent person on the planet knows a lot. But God knows everything (remember He created the universe).
And while we must toil tirelessly to create anything of value, God need only speak (which is how He created the universe).
So what does this mean for you?
It means that God does not share the qualities of that jerk from the office, or the spouse who cheated on you, or the friend who let you down, or any number of abhorrent human characteristics.
He loves you unconditionally, regardless of reciprocity. He desires that you come to know Him and develop a relationship with Him. But even if you don’t, that will not stop Him loving you.
God has no reason to deceive you. None, whatsoever. Because He has absolute power, and can therefore do anything, He has no need for subterfuge or manipulation. In other words, while some people cozy up to you in order to gain something from you, God does not.
He does not love you for what you can give Him – He loves you because He loves you. Period.
After a lifetime of being lied to, backstabbed, burned, and bamboozled, as experienced by everyone, it is easy become suspicious of other’s motives.
What are they playing for? What do they want from me? Everybody has an angle…
Well, God isn’t everybody, and He doesn’t have an angle (but He does have plenty of angels).
If He does have an angle, it’s that you come to experience His love first-hand, and then go tell someone about it.