My friend has a hairdresser who believes in God and Jesus, but welcomes other religions who “also have their own worship of God.” She may fear she would be thought of as a bigot to exclude those who are religious but worship Buddha or Allah. She also may not understand the unique God of the Christian heritage. Either way, this sweet lady is missing an important issue that women need to understand as they often are the religious trainers of the next generation.
God Almighty, (aka Jehovah, Yahweh, etc.), is a Trinity of completeness. There are three Persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet these Persons are all part of one God.
Some people have trouble understanding how this is possible. History is replete with entire societies finding it easier to understand multiple gods than the concept of one mighty God. There are pantheons of gods in so many ancient and contemporary cultures: Egypt, Italy, Greece, Japan, Cameroon are a just a few examples. People couldn’t imagine a god who had everything, therefore breaking God into small pieces, identifying each one as it’s own person, and giving different names to each one seemed logical.
I may be missing something, but we humans often combine items together. So what’s the problem? My husband and I used to have a fax machine, a copier, and a scanner, but now we have a 3-in-1 machine. This is not hard to believe. Not to dummy down the Godhead, but why is it so hard to believe in the Trinity that encompasses every part of what we look for in a god?
Women must settle the issue of who and what God is so that they are able to receive from Him and know what He wants them to give to Him. Let’s breakdown how the Trinity works for our benefit:
God the Father:
You need a proactive Agent on your behalf – Someone who can see into your future. “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3) You need safety (Psalm 91:1-16), purpose, security, unconditional love (1 John 4:16), faithfulness, grace, and mercy (Hebrews 4:16). What does God ask in return? Just to love Him with all of your heart, mind and soul.
God the Son:
You need Someone who can identify with your weaknesses. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) You need forgiveness (Ephesians 2:7), someone to fight for you (1 John 4:4), acceptance for who you are, and Someone who doesn’t hold your past against you (Acts 2:38). What does God ask for in return? Just to accept His free gift of forgiveness and the strength He offers in your weakness.
God the Holy Spirit:
You need to trust Someone who is as close as possible for every situation. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) You need comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3,4), guidance (Romans 8:26), and understanding (John 16:13). What does God ask for in return? Just to go to Him first, before trying to work things out on our own or through the imperfect filter of human logic.
What does this mean for women? Most females are global—the hemispheres of our brains are closer together than men’s. The electric impulses can bounce from hemisphere to hemisphere easily. Therefore, we tend to look at the overall status of a situation and blend its parts together. God is global too. He sees the whole picture. If we connect with His global perspective, we can hone our global nature for good as we raise children, blend with our husbands, shape our church ministries, and frame the workplace.
When we look globally at our lives, we must remind ourselves to not get overwhelmed with the duties within our roles. If we call upon the Lord in all of His Persons, we can receive everything, yes everything we need to leave stress outside the door of our existence and rise above the fray.
Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Let Jehovah minister to you in all of His wonderful ways: use the list above and meditate on the accompanying scriptures. Your current best will get even better!