God isn’t a trend or a fad. He isn’t like a law or a scientific principle. He isn’t here one day and gone the next, and he can’t be modified due to stipulation or new discoveries. Since the beginning of time, the conversation about God has not changed, because God has not changed.
People have worshiped many gods over the years. So, to answer the question of ‘who is God?’, it can be said that people make their own gods. The only trouble with that is the real God—the God who gave life to this earth—doesn’t like it when we make our own gods, and he especially doesn’t like it if we know the truth but reject him anyways.
“They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say (to the Lord) ‘Come save us!’ Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you have as many gods as you have towns…” (Jeremiah 2:27-28).
In American culture today, it isn’t popular to carve an idol out of wood or stone and choose to worship it. Today, it is more popular to believe in the power of money rather than the power of God. It is more popular to pursue success, love, and happiness over God, but what some of us don’t know is that God holds the key to all of those things.
Some of us ask then why do the Godless have so much success in their lives? There are many answers to that question—answers that are given in the Bible as well as ones heard through the grapevine—but, I believe, that the best answer is don’t judge a book by its cover. It looks great and feels great to pursue success, love, and happiness, but once we are done chasing those things and the excitement of the hunt is over, then how do we feel?
Lasting misery isn’t a part of God’s plan for those who choose him. We can ride the emotional roller coaster until the day we die if we want. We can believe in cheap fixes and cheap thrills to veil our sadness as well, or we can choose to put our faith in the power of our creator. We can choose to trust the Lord in all that we do, and when we do that, the days of our suffering will be numbered. He will bring us to a place in our spirits, in our hearts, in our minds, that will be fully healed of misery, and our feelings will no longer have power over us. We will have the hope, the power, and the joy of Jesus Christ available to kick those feelings out the door.
Some of us might choose to believe in God the Creator, but when it comes to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, we get a little wishy-washy. We see Jesus Christ pop up on popular television shows, radio shows, and movies, and we have a laugh or have a cry and that’s all. Popular culture sees Jesus as just a celebrity, a fad, a trend, a principle that can be changed from book to book, but that’s not the truth. The truth is that Jesus Christ is one with God the Creator—they are of the same spirit, the same person—and since the beginning of time, the Son of God has not changed.