September 16, 2017
A Personal God
Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth. The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope. Micah 1:3-4
Deism is the view that God is the Creator but is not directly involved with His creation. In this view, God is like one who spins a top but does not interact with its spinning. He is viewed as a divine clockmaker who wound up the "clock" of creation and then left it to run on its own. The god of deism is passive and impersonal. Thankfully, this is not the God of Scripture.
The prophet Micah had no doubt that God got involved in the lives of His people. The phrase "The Lord is coming" is an expression used in the Old Testament to describe God's intervention in history. He does not stand idly by watching the top spin or the clock run down. God works in history. He moves in the lives of world leaders to accomplish His will. And God works in my life. He comforts, encourages, confronts, instructs, and disciplines His children. Through His Word God speaks. Through His work God demonstrates His character.
Thus, there are deists (those who hold to deism), and then there are practical deists (those who say they believe in a personal God but don't think, feel, or act like they do). How about you? I doubt that you are a deist. But do a quick assessment. Do you practically act like one?
Father, thank You for being a personal God who intervenes in history and is active in my life. Help me not to live like a practical deist. Help me acknowledge and feel Your presence in my life through my days. I love you. In Jesus' name. Amen.