This past week we had our first guest speaker, Chris Failla. He spoke on The Character and Nature of God. Chris was able to explain old concepts of our views of how we see God in fresh new ways. Chris explained that the triune God did not create us out of loneliness or out of need. He created us out of love. God experiences so much joy while in communion with God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son. God is overflowing with so much joy that He wants to share this joy with others. He created us so that we may feel this incredible joy and powerful love too.
We have grown up having been taught different views of God, and as we have experienced life, our views of God have changed. God is known as God the Father. Growing up, I had always thought of God as a Father but it was more a required view of God that is learned in Sunday school. I could never truly see God as my Heavenly Dad, someone that physically takes care of me, protects me, and comforts me. I went through all of high school with this philosophy that God could not be these things personally for me. After a week of teaching on the Character and Nature of God, I began to understand who God really is. God is not a distant God who lets us fall and does not care about a personal relationship with us. He feels what we feel; He has gone through it before. He draws near to us in our pain when we ask Him to. Whether or not we ask Him to join us and help us through our sufferings, He is always right there for us.
God is truly our Father. It can be hard to see God as a Father when our earthly father has failed us in some way, but our Heavenly Father will never fail us. We can always trust Him. He always knows the right thing to say, and He is never too busy to spend time with us. He wants to have a true relationship with us, and have real one-on-one time because He loves us so much.
My view of God has changed drastically from thinking that God could only be there spiritually to knowing that my Heavenly Dad can be spiritually and physically everything I need and everything I want.
Chatelier Faith Ebio- April 2013 Leadership DTS