The Man Upstairs
The Man Upstairs
What do you think God is like?
The man upstairs? An old man in the skies?
A kind old person or a tyrant? But would a god like that ever really be able to help?
Actually God is not like anyone we’ve ever met. He’s not like us, only stronger, fitter, and harder working.
This video unpacks some of the amazing things the Bible says about what God is like. He’s eternal, perfect in every way, he never flies of the handle, he’s completely powerful and he knows everything yet he never gives up loving! Amazing!
Possible discussion questions
When you hear someone talk about God what do you think he's like? Do you ever hear people talk about him as the man upstairs? Maybe you see God as an old man who lives in the sky like a Granda or Santa Claus. You keep them at arm's length, only turning to him in emergency's when there's nowhere else to go you.
We need to be careful how we think of God, and where our picture of him comes from. Just because your granny talked about God as the man upstairs doesn't mean that that's what he's like. If we want to know what God is really like we need to let him speak for himself. In the Bible God tells us and shows us just what he's like.
God is the one who owns everything, because he's made everything. He's the one who made the clouds, the one who made the sky, the sun and everything that there is, including you and me, he made it all out of nothing.
You see God is not like anyone you've ever met. He's not like us only stronger, fitter, harder working. God has always been around but that doesn't make him old. He's not just better than we are, he's perfect in every way.
God never changes, he never sleeps, he never flies off the handle.
He knows everything, he's completely powerful and yet he never gives up loving. These are just some of the things that God tells us about himself.
The truth is we can never really take in all that he is.
God is too amazing for that. Yet still the Bible tells us that we can know him and be known by him. So God is certainly not just a helpless old man sitting on a cloud at our beck and call. Waiting for nice people in church to sing to him to pray to him and then when they do he gives them the stuff that they want.
A God like that is no use to anyone. Have you been under estimating God because you think of him like he's some old man who lives in the sky.