I just read an E-devotion I get every morning and it articulated better than I think I have, what we are trying to accomplish with our sermon series focusing on different images of God.
The writer was looking at Psalm 96 [“O, sing to the Lord a new song. . . .”] and he was reminded of a question he often asks people in his congregation: “Is your God too small?” He thought of this because of accomplishments of God praised in the psalm; a God who is great in contrast to the gods people were clinging to—which were false gods or idols. Kind of like the golden calf that Joanna preached on a week ago.
He asked himself how he might also be diminishing God by creating a picture and an understanding of God that fits his life. He wondered if maybe he creates a god in his own image—safe and comfortable. . . nothing too challenging. . . .nothing too radical. . . nothing too demanding. . . . just wrapped in layer after layer of rationalization and explanation. . . all the time reflecting only his own wants and desires.
But then he writes that the reality of God goes beyond what we understand and what we can fathom. When we read the scripture hoping to see an image of God we haven’t seen or one that doesn’t fit neatly into our created images of God, then we are challenged to move beyond what we know and understand about God and into the mystery that breathes who God is.
Yep, that’s what we are trying to do in our sermon series. We’re trying to move beyond the familiar and let God speak to us in new ways. We’re hoping to be stretched, to think differently and to embrace the mystery which is our God who can never be completely known.