We are made in his image – little glimpses of him show up in each of us.
But he is not like us.
This fact brings me a lot of peace and confidence.
I desire to be more like Jesus.
I am eternally grateful that he is not like me. He has none of my weaknesses or failings.
Sometimes God tell us about his emotions in the Bible – anger, sadness, and joy. All of his emotions are perfect – for the right reason. They are not like our emotions which can often be centered on ourselves.
When Elijah mocked the priests of Baal in 1 Kings, he was trying to point out the godlessness of their gods. When Baal didn’t respond to their requests, Elijah suggested that they shout louder in case Baal is sleeping or busy. This kicked the Baal prophets into a frenzy of shouting louder and slashing themselves with swords and spears. They often did this trying to get a response from Baal.
I grimace when I imagine this scene of four hundred and fifty bleeding prophets of Baal – crying out to a wooden statue which was made by a man. Hoping for some answers.
When we look at the world which immediately surrounds each of us, we can say the same thing –
Jesus came to bring his light of truth, grace and salvation to everyone who would believe.
He lives within each believer and he has commissioned each of us to be his light in our part of this dark and broken world.
Dear Father, Please help us shine your light brightly right where we live, work and play.