“God is Not a Man…”
What?! What exactly is this blog entry all about with a title such as this? While the title may pique curiosity, it is also a very true statement, given its intended meaning. So, let’s endeavor to explore this fact – and why all Christians should band together to acknowledge this.
Before we delve into this topic, allow me to explain what the title means and what it does not mean. As we go along in this brief study, you will see a comforting truth develop before your eyes – so please read this in its entirety.
Firstly, let’s cover what the title does NOT mean. In scripture, the Bible always references Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in masculine terms such as ‘He, Him, His,’ etc. God is Diety, but in the sense of masculinity, yes – God is ‘man’. So, when I say that God is not a man – clearly, I am not referencing masculinity or lack thereof, whatsoever.
Also, scripture teaches that Jesus took on the form of man. “But [he] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). We also find in John 1:14 this: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one as the Trinity. Jesus said, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” So yes, when Jesus came to earth – He was God in the flesh. He was also a man in the sense that He took on human form to come to earth.
A Comforting Truth
Now, let us discuss what the title of this blog truly means. A simple, comforting scripture found in Numbers 23:19 states: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
It’s that simple! God is not like sinful man who lies, sins, and makes empty promises. Oh, how we oftentimes wrongly compare God to mankind! People betray us, hurt us, and lie to us – but God is not like mankind that He would ever lie. Isn’t that a profoundly comforting thought?!
We also tend to err toward limiting God to only be able to perform practical things which any mere human could accomplish. Sometimes we forget how immeasurable God’s power really is. We tend to discount His abilities, His love, and His steadfastness – keeping up an invisible guard “just in case”. Yet, God is not like man that He would ever fail us! He will keep us and help us as we trust in Him.
A sad truth is that people can be very mean-spirited and downright crude. But, not the Lord. He treats His children with love, admiration, and great care – as the apple of His eye, so to speak. His treatment toward us and His character are never iffy. “Jesus Christ – the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Nonetheless, God is not just one-dimensional. He can be angered, grieved, joyful, wrathful, etc. As the late A.W. Tozer once put it, “The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.”
Although God is Deity and the Creator of the universe, He is not so far off that He can’t be touched. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He knows every detail; such as the number of hairs we have upon our head and even when a sparrow falls (see Matthew 10:29-30). That’s why He is God and we aren’t. His ways are higher than our ways (see Isaiah 55:9), which is precisely why we can’t look at Him as a mere man who would be capable of making mistakes.
God is Trustworthy
God is not a man – He is God; and He cannot lie. Titus 1:2 states: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” Most all of us have been guilty of limiting God’s sincerity, trustworthiness, and stability. Of course we live in a world full of tribulation, but the Lord said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” This doesn’t mean that we’ll never encounter difficulties; but God does promise to uphold us and to be our very present help in times of trouble. His grace is sufficient for us. People have the propensity to leave us and forsake us – not God. He will never leave us nor forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). As His children, He does not forget us; just as a loving mother could never forget her nursing infant.
God is not like man that He should lie or betray our trust. He is completely trustworthy, loyal, and altogether wonderful. Take comfort from His word. Take comfort in knowing that you will always have One you can trust whole-heartedly.
Have you ever endeavored to know God more? I mean, to really know Him for who He is? Although His ways are higher than ours, we can still endeavor to know Him; to know His character, to know His voice. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). As the classic song written by Mosie Lister says in part…
“How long has it been since your mind felt at ease? How long since your heart knew no burden? Can you call Him your friend? How long has it been since you knew that He cared for you? How long has it been since you knelt by your bed and prayed to the Lord up in Heaven? How long since you knew that He’d answer you, and would keep you the long night through?”
Remember – God is not a man that He should lie. So-called ‘friends’ can betray us, people can be downright abusive to us without cause – but as long as we have the Lord by our side, He will keep us. Take comfort in trusting Him for today and all eternity! And remember, He is not limited as mankind is – put complete trust in Him!
Long As I’ve Got King Jesus
Recommended Audio Book
“The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer – this FREE audio book is a classic on knowing God. Click HERE for link.