Key Verse: “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13
Most religions in the world today believe that God is an impersonal being. You may have heard people refer to God as “the Force of Life,” or “Mother Nature.” Other uses terms such as, “the Man Upstairs” to refer to God, implying a God is a person, but not someone who loves them and desires fellowship with them.
Scripture teaches us God is a person, but more importantly, it reveals to us the kind of person He is. In this past month, we have touched on many of God’s attributes; He is love, good, sovereign, holy, almighty and personal.
God’s motivation for creating us was not born out of loneliness. God has always had perfect fellowship and harmony with his Son and the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, out of love, He created us to know Him and enjoy a relationship with Him forever. We were made to have fellowship with God and even when we sinned, and our sinfulness broke our communion with Him, Jesus came to bring us safely home (see 1 Peter 3:18).
We see the lovingkindness of our personal God throughout the Bible. Take Psalm 103:13 for example, “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” Tender and compassionate are most certainly not words we can apply to an impersonal force. God’s invitation through scripture is to draw near to Him (James 4:8 and Hebrews 4:16 or 7:25). We should be intentional about our communion and fellowship with God, as He is with us. John Owen, the Puritan theologian, recognized the great need for every believer to enjoy true communion with God and wrote, “Friendship is most maintained and kept up by visits; and these, the more free and less occasioned by urgent business.” God’s desire is not that we would only seek Him when we need something, but that we would draw near hour by hour and enjoy a personal relationship with Him.