I don’t think I’ve ever referred to God as “the man upstairs.” I’m not sure that this is disrespectful, but it certainly comes nowhere close to the truth of who God is. I know that he is not just another version of us. We cannot re-make Him in our image. He is just too big, too great, too majestic, and too glorious. It is impossible to put this Amazing God into a box of our making, but that doesn’t stop many people from trying. I’ve even heard a couple of pop songs pose the question of whether God was just like “one of us.” These songs disrespectfully and foolishly imagine God as just another poor slob trying to figure out what life is about and struggling to get through it. This absurd thought makes no sense. It certainly does not accord with Scripture or reality. Job made the mistake of thinking of God in too small a way. In spite of all the goodness that was in Job, leading Satan to challenge God about this man, Job was simply a flawed man in the end like all of us, with his flaw being a profound underestimation of who God is. But then, no human being is perfect. We are all born into sin and would stay that way if we did not have a relationship with God through Jesus so that He could change us to be more like Him in all His Perfection and Spiritual Beauty.
In any case, God is very different from us, and I am thankful that He is. If He were not so far above us, then we would have so little to strive for in trying to reach greatness in our lives. God challenges us to reach for the stars in our lives, to chase our dreams, to pursue every challenge and to continuously learn. We should be driven relentlessly to try to improve our lives and develop ever greater character as we reach upward with our lives toward God. We will never get there because we were not born into perfection as Jesus was. But because He and His Heart and Character are such lofty goals, high above us, by reaching toward Him, trying to be like Him in all things, and constantly trying to add to our education, skills, and talents in order to expand our world and our wisdom about life and about God, then in our ever greater reach and grasp, we become so much more than we would have been by keeping our world and our responsibilities small and controllable. We need lofty targets. We need dreams. Otherwise, our lives would be so mundane, boring, and uneventful, and we would have so little to offer God in return for His Tremendous Love. Moreover, we would have so little to offer our fellow human beings in service to them.
I pray today that you will reach ever higher in your life to be “all that you can be” to borrow from the Army’s old marketing slogan. I pray that you will reach ever higher toward God in your education about all things, in your development of your various gifts and talents, in your development of your character, and, above all, in your loving emulation of our Amazing God.