There is a God who is and there’s a God who we want and rarely are they the same. The first time I heard that was eye-opening, it was on my quest September 2005. I had already decided before I went on quest who God was and it didn’t take me long to realize that my perception of who God was was not who he really was. I had put him in a box. I had literally allowed my heart to become hard in several areas because of who I believed God was.
Mat 13:14-15 (ESV Strong’s)
14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
I literally had to surrender my opinion of who he was based on what I had been taught versus what his word says about him.
I want to ask you a question. What if there is a part of your heart that is hard because of what you’ve been taught, because its different from what you have been reading in the Bible?
Whose report are you going to believe?
Isa 53:1-3 (Amplified Bible – AMP)
1 Who has believed [confidently trusted in, relied on, and adhered to] our message [of salvation]?
And to whom [if not us] has the arm and infinite power of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender shoot (plant),
And like a root out of dry ground;
He has no stately form or majestic splendor
That we would look at Him,
Nor [handsome] appearance that we would be attracted to Him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief;
And like One from whom men hide their faces
He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or esteem Him.