Isaiah 43:11-12: “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “that I am God.”

There are many gods spelled in lower case. They sound a bit like this:

“I am god; I can do whatever I want and you just have to deal with it.”

It is our exposure to such gods that tricks us into thinking we have to appease the deity somehow to win him over. We have to crawl on our bellies, cater to his whims and follow his bidding as strange as it may seem. We think with this capricious god on our side we gain power and can dominate the world just like he already does.

This flawed god-perception has done a lot of harm to planet Earth in general and humankind in particular since it feeds the attitude of an abuser. We wreck a planet to cater to our needs, and we wreck relationships because we act like little gods.

This attitude, however, is foreign to the God spelled with a capital G. This God is often mistaken to be one of the gods in lower case. I call that a tragic misunderstanding, and it leads to a couple of problems:

  1. There are people out there who feel extremely frustrated with the gods and they rightly say: “I’m done with gods. We are better off without them.” Atheists have my vote, any time of the day. I too am done with gods, and the older I get, it seems, the less patient I become with those unpredictable beings with the god-complex.
  2. Then there are people who cling to the gods tenaciously in hopes to better cope with everyday living. The hotter their god-pursuit, the more fanatical they become shedding a real awkward light on the real deal, the God with the capital G. God calls His competitors foreign gods, because they are foreign to His character.

We are caught right in the middle of gods competing with God, even though it’s ridiculous to think they stand a chance. They simply don’t compare to the real deal. However, that’s exactly the issue at hand: We are so familiar with false gods that we have a hard time imagining there is actually a genuine One. It’s confusing, isn’t it? In an attempt to better differentiate between Him and the lower-case gods, going forward I’ll call God with a capital G “Original God”.

How do we differentiate between counterfeit and original? Here is a dead give-away in stark contrast to the brazen and noisy gods competing for our attention:

Original God is subtle.

Here is another clue, and I believe this must prove difficult for Him at times:

Original God does not abuse His power.

We are so used to being manipulated by false gods that it escapes us how the all-powerful and almighty God would refuse to simply enforce His good will. Yes, He could do that in a heartbeat. He could get rid of all the false gods that way, but the outcome, true to His divine nature, would be highly unsatisfactory. Why? Here it is:

Original God does not seek God-copycats.

Instead He seeks face-to-face encounters with independent minds. Original God, the real deal, seeks the real deal with us. He wants a relationship unburdened with fear and manipulation. He wants honest opinions, raw feelings, and openness. The ensuing communication flow is more precious to Him than anything else.

So, what does Original God do to get our attention? He does everything: He reveals Himself, He saves and He proclaims, and He has been doing these three things consistently. Granted, it is sometimes not easy to get through to Him. Life on Earth is distracting and those wanna-be-gods really mean business. They hate being ignored. Original God on the other hand does not fight dirty. He lets those little gods have their way with us, but He does not leave us hanging either. In all His subtlety, He is also very direct and straight forward. He will kick butts if He has to, but He will not overstep His boundaries when it comes to our free will.

If you are a God-seeker, welcome to God’s mysterious heart. Dive deep and explore. He is awesome, that is all I can say, the rest you will have to find out for yourself.

“Our God is an awesome God; He reigns from Heaven above with wisdom, power and love, our God is an awesome God.” – Rich Mullins

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