God’s attitude toward us is further reinforced by biblical metaphor. We are called His children (1 John 3:2), sheep (Psalm 100:3) and servants (1 Corinthians 6:4). The prophet Isaiah portrays us as lumps of clay on the Potter’s wheel where God gently molds us into the people He needs us to be (Isaiah 64:8). God’s plan to be intimately involved in our lives is undeniable. Can you imagine what it would be like to sit with Him the equivalent of one human day in heaven, if only to watch His creative process in deciding how He is going to show Himself to His people?
This perspective cuts to the core of deistic thought, where we are left to know God only through reason and the observation of the universe. While these are perfectly valid paths to truth, they not only limit our ability to know about God, but also overlook many of His attempts to connect with us as Creator.
Do you believe it is possible for God to be driven to insanity? In order to put your mind at ease: I don’t either. But if it was possible, I believe nothing would bring Him to the brink faster than His inability to be involved in our lives. I pose this question because it is something we can understand. Can you imagine welcoming a new baby into your home, preparing a crib, stocking up on diapers and clothes, only to sit in a rocking chair while the baby fends for himself? Absolutely not! Either you would go crazy in the process or be declared crazy for your negligence. Your behavior would be the antithesis of your nature as a parent. In the same way, it is impossible to imagine the God who made us, redeemed us and sustains us functioning at a distance. He is incarnational in His thinking. He is incarnational in His being.