One thing I ask…to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD. Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
The Lord is beautiful, but not everyone thinks so. Some have a distorted image of Him. Here are three symptoms of a distorted image of God:
If you find God to be dull, boring, tedious, and generally unattractive, then you can be certain you have a distorted picture of God. The disciples found Jesus to be so compelling that when He said, “Follow Me,” they immediately left everything. If you think God is boring, you do not know the God of the Bible.
Sometimes, distorted pictures cause us to laugh. Many people feel this way toward God. There is a deep cynicism. It can be true among God’s people as well as among unbelievers. When God promised He would give a child to Abraham and Sarah in their old age, Sarah laughed. She had her own picture of what God could do, and she found the promise of God ridiculous.
You may have the same struggle. You hear someone say, “God loves you” or “God will walk with you and bring you through this trial,” and a deep cynicism in you mutters, “I’ve heard that before.” When you detect cynicism in your soul, you can be sure you are suffering from a distorted image of God.
There are many people today who would say that they hate God and everything Christian believers stand for. When you meet someone like this, ask them to tell you about the God they hate. Antagonism may be an expression of perversity, but it may also reflect the fact that they have a distorted image of God.
Do you see any of these symptoms in your own life?