Deuteronomy 4:15-18 says, “But be very careful! You did not see the Lord’s form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai. So do not corrupt yourselves by making an idol in any form—whether of a man or a woman, an animal on the ground, a bird in the sky, a small animal that scurries along the ground, or a fish in the deepest sea.”
I DON’T believe God’s warning was ONLY about making idols. I believe He was giving the Israelites a bigger picture. He was saying…”Listen! I’m God. Don’t try to figure me out in human terms. Don’t make something that is less than Who I am. Don’t limit your thinking of what I can do!”
So many times we want to understand God. We want to bring Him down to our level and try to put Him into terms that we can understand. The problem is that in the process we end up losing sight of who He really is. We have an amazing, powerful, incredible and loving God! He can accomplish so much in our lives. Let’s make sure that we don’t limit God by putting Him into the form that we want. God told Israel that He had no form.
In Mark 9:5-7, when Jesus was transfigured, Peter wanted to build little shelters for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. He was trying on human terms to make sense of what was happening! Then, God brought a cloud to cover Jesus, Moses and Elijah. Peter saw a human answer which was extremely limited.
No matter what you are facing, make sure that you believe in the same God I do. A God who can do so much more than we can think or imagine! Don’t limit God or attempt to put Him into a form that is easier to understand. He is God and we are not. I am thankful for that!