GodReflection: God The Nurturer
Only a perfect God is worthy of worship. Each day when God gifts me with another morning of life I grow in my conviction of Holy God as the source of all. The Triune God I served is indeed All Present, All Knowing and All Supplying.
Throughout Scripture I learn that I’m made in the image of God. As human my image was tarnished and corrupted when Satan spoiled perfection through his encounter with Eve and Adam.
Since that time one of the ploys Satan has used on the rest of us is to let us think as God’s image bearers, we like him, are sufficient in and of ourselves. The prayer of farmer Charlie Anderson, portrayed by actor Jimmy Stewart in the 1965 movie Shenandoah, comes to mind as he offers thanksgiving for the family meal:
“Lord, we cleared this land. We plowed it, sowed it, and harvest it. We cook the harvest. It wouldn’t be here and we wouldn’t be eating it if we hadn’t done it all ourselves. We worked dog-bone hard for every crumb and morsel, but we thank you Lord just the same for the food we’re about to eat, amen.”
Unfortunately, it is far too easy to live like farmer Charlie Anderson prayed.
The truth is I am the minor player when it comes to my own care. I provide nothing. All I can do is be available for God to feed. He nurtures—not me. Like a new born baby all I can do is cry and watch as my lips wired by God prepare to receive nutrition.
Once again, I find it almost comical for we as fallen creatures to reflect on Perfect God. The God who is Love. The God who is Truth. The God who is Peace. The God who is Perfection. The God who is Joy. Yes, the God who is Nurture.
The author of the Old Testament book of Proverbs writes as wisdom personified:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8).
Scripture guides us from book to book, through chapter after chapter, toward its climatic close as it communicates the truth expressed in Proverbs—trust the Lord he is our source of nourishment. That is who God is. He is The Nurturer.
Everyone who walks on life’s trail—rich or poor—succeeds or fails to the degree this truth is honored. Each one of us—rich or poor—who feed ourselves from ourselves dine from an anemic menu.
I want to explore with this series of posts the God who feeds me. I want to look not only at the source of my sustenance but I want to explore how to more readily allow the pores of by heart, soul and mind to drink and feed from God the Nurturer.
As always, I invite you to reflect with me. Challenge my conclusions. Gift me with your insights. Growth is always more productive in a team when iron sharpens iron. Let’s prayer for each other to be freed more and more from our self-sufficiency so that maximum nutrition might flow from The Holy.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection: God The Nurture