One day God decided to make a world and fill it with trees and rivers and mountains and fruits and flowers and animals. And God decided to make a whole different being to care for this beautiful country and to keep it beautiful for Him. This is when God first thought about you. He decided to call this being Man.
God would then be able to come to this country He created and walk and talk with Man. Together they would enjoy its beauty. God would be glad talking with Man and seeing how happy Man was with the beautiful country. Man would be glad talking with God and being so happy that God had made Him and had given him such a happiest of all happy lives. And in the happiness of man, God would be worshiped. In the beauty of the creation, in the wise way man took care of the beautiful country, God would be worshiped.
God decided that Man would be able to choose whether or not he worshiped God. In this way Man would be different from the beautiful world that God planned. The beautiful world would worship God day and night and there was no beast, or bird, or butterfly in all that beautiful world that would ever stop worshiping Him.
Man’s ability to choose also made him a little different than the angels. There had been a time way way back, before God made the beautiful world, in which the angels had been able to choose whether or not to worship God. In fact, way way back there was a war in heaven. There was one angel that God had made more important than all the other angels. This angel decided he was still not important enough. So he tried to make a war with God so that he could be the strongest of all. He must have forgotten that God had made him and that God holds all the power that exists. So he lost the war.
But when Satan puffed himself up before God, one third of all the other angels also forgot who made them. When Satan fell from heaven, one third of all the angels followed him out the door. Those angels all chose not to worship God. And they never can and never will choose to worship God.
But God did feel sorry for them. He didn’t destroy them right away. He thought they might find out for themselves what a mistake they had made. And sure enough, soon they started destroying themselves. But right way God got ready a great big lake clear full of fire that stinks like rotten eggs. One day God is going to tell that big bad angel that he has to come. And all the angels who hate God will come with him and God will catch them and throw them into that stinky fire.
But that has not happened yet. The bad angels are still running around outside of heaven. And they knew God was making a beautiful country for people called men.
Way back before you were born, way back before your father or grandfather was born, way back before even Moses was born, God was. God always was. God existed even before the world began; He is the One who started it. He is the Father of everything.
But when did God begin? He didn’t begin because He always was. He never wasn’t. God can’t be wasn’t. God is. One time God told Moses to call Him “I am that I Am”. That’s one of His names. The One who was and is and always shall be.
God is not easy to understand because we aren’t very much like him. Nothing that we know is very much like Him. Yet all true things that we know are part of Him.
It is also hard to explain what God looks like, because it is not possible for us to see God and live. But we can see little parts of Him in everything He has created. God really does want us to know Him and to see Him. He gave us the Bible so that we could know Him. He gave us Jesus so that we could see Him.
Moses one time wanted to see God. So God put Moses in a cave and then while God walked away Moses got to see God’s back. But man can’t see the face of God and live.
Ezekiel saw the spirits of God one time. He described them as looking like fire and as having wheels within wheels and with eyes everywhere.
God is a being very full of mystery and awe. He is Holy. Beings in His presence repeat “Holy, Holy, Holy” over and over, and they bow. They cover their faces and put them to the dust. You will also someday bow to Him. God’s holiness is one thing that is not at all like us.
God is so far above us that we really can’t comprehend Him. He exists totally in and of Himself; He needs no food or drink or sleep or friends or money. He has angels which He has created and these angels keep Him company. They do whatever He asks of them. And they love Him very much because He made them. God likes making things. Everything God makes is perfectly beautiful. Sometimes we look at what He makes and we think it is very commonplace or very odd. But many times, if we would look a little longer, we’d realize that the oddness or the commonness in the things God creates makes those things the most beautiful of all…
There is a story I am about to tell you. It is my favorite story. It’s the story of History – the story of God’s people, and God’s story of you.
From the beginning of time, God has been dreaming of a Kingdom. He has been building that Kingdom, and He wants you to be part of that Kingdom. But even more, God wants you to not just be a part of the Kingdom; He wants you to actually help Him build it. This means that sometimes you will nurse it as you would a cold kitten, and other times you will raise its banners under cover of thunder and hail. Sometimes you might, maybe if you are lucky, you might build His kingdom through your own blood.
Someday you could find yourself in a lonely land with your family far away, but there you build the Kingdom. Someday you could find yourself forgotten in the middle of a lazy church community, but there you build the Kingdom. Someday you could find yourself bleeding out in an empty desert or jungle or sidewalk, and even there you build the Kingdom.
Why would you? Because you love the kingdom. You love its beauty. You love its peace. You love the way the people talk about each other. You love its trees and its music. You love it all because you were made to love it and to love the one who made it. His name is God. He is the Holy Father with a Bleeding Son, and He is very, very Good…