By Patrick Hawthorne
We are but mere mortals, limited by a little finite pea brain. Yet, how often have we attempted to make God – the heavenly author of all that is in the cosmos – fit into our preconceived notion of how He should act? Is our view of Him one of an unyielding sternness and inflexibility? Or, do we view Him as a loving, yet no-nonsense Heavenly Father? Basically, what I’m asking you is, “How many times have you tried to turn God into your version of YOU?
An easy way to answer this question is to honestly consider the manner in which you read God’s Word. Is His Word a love note to His children or a set of “Do’s and Don’ts and Punishments” for violation of His Word? Or worse…is His Word simply a historical document meant to be studied and regurgitated with no passion or care for the Author?
To illustrate my point, I would like to present a passage from the Book of Revelation. Some avoid this book because they view it as a book of horrors. Some view this book as a time of wrath in which satan is allowed to do as he pleases. I, on the other hand, view it as a book of love in which the entire world is given a play by play report of what is about to take place on planet earth and how to avoid it. To prove my point about His love, look at this following passage.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (Revelation 5:8 KJV)
Let me ask you another question. Have you ever walked into a room that had a particular smell that took you back in time to a wonderful memory? Maybe it was the smell of a particular type of cookie that took you back to Grandma’s kitchen when you were a small child. Or, maybe it was the pleasant smell of books that took you back to the library where you first learned to read. Whatever it was, the smell was so deeply ingrained in your memory that it brought a smile to your face and a longing to be with that special person the memory was centered around. That is how our wonderful and loving Heavenly Father feels about us and our prayers to Him. They are a sweet smelling fragrance that He keeps stored in special gold vials. He treasures them.
Oh how God loves us. To this statement I am assured. And, I am quite certain that if He had a refrigerator, our prayers would be displayed for all to see. Think about that. Be blessed.