A diamond shimmering in the sun will display a multitude of colors emitting sparks of red, flecks of orange and green and sparkles of purple. The diamond itself is not changing; it is merely being seen from different perspectives; each unique and all spectacular in their own right. Science will explain it in terms of internal refraction and its effect on the electromagnetic spectrum but in this sterile analysis much of the prism’s beauty is lost.
There are many angles through which God can accurately be viewed; each beautiful in its own right and each having its own devoted following. Although God is always going to be found existing beyond our grandest descriptions of him, one angle from which God can be adored is through the perspective of God as an actively engaged friend. From wherever you are on your faith journey, God awaits to meet you there as a true and actively engaged friend.
God has been described as an aloof judge who meets you at the end of your journey to mete out final judgment at the end of your earthly journey. Nothing could possibly be further from the truth! Actually, God can be found at the beginning of your journey inasmuch as he has already preemptively opened a door of blessing for you:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3 vs. 16
A sense of penalty due for crimes committed has been hardwired into our humanity and in the absence of a resolution for this, our humanity is diminished. This intuitive sense of justice creates unending guilt and remorse; demons that have you strapped to a death row gurney awaiting the needle of everlasting despair.
God understands this in you and has already resolved this in his mind and asks that you do the same. According to this text; God himself has sent his own son who has willingly taken the needle out of your arm and placed it into his own.
Greater love has no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15 vs. 13
Moreover, as a friend, God abides with you daily through nature. As an expression of his grandeur, God has elected to disclose dimensions of his nature daily through his creation. You are encouraged to have hope as long as tomorrow promises a fresh start, joy as you view the many majestic vistas that can be seen daily and courage as God’s majesty far surpasses any challenge that you may face.
As a final word of encouragement, God has invited you to take a sneak peek into heaven where whenever it speaks of itself it is never in terms of it being a secret club of just a few but rather a gathering beyond number filled with multitudes without number:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the lamb. Revelation 7 vs. 9
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude; like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:” Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.” Revelation 19 vs. 6
God is therefore not a grumpy judge working against you withholding from you an eternal prize but rather a loving friend who has sent you an invitation to the gathering of the ages and is working to see that you honor his invitation. From many perspectives, the best is yet to come as your walk with a divine friend who is working to bring out your best and highest self.
Enjoy your journey.