At home we have a TiVo. I can type in the shows and actors I like, place them in a wish list and TIVO will record them for me. I don’t even have to scroll through TV guides each week. I might ask it to look out for a Johnny Depp movie, anything with Everest in the title, NCIS, Survivor and so on, and presto, shows I like are recorded. But it also has this unusual feature called “TiVo Suggestions”, this means TiVo records shows it thinks I would like.
When we first bought the TiVo a few years back it started to record 7th Heaven for us. Our family thought this was sort of funny because it’s a show about a pastor and his family. Turns out my daughter Ainsley loves it and so now we record it.
Every now and then it grabs a show with a key word that we would never have watched or chosen, and it ends up being great. So I checked my TiVo suggestions today seeing what was on offer. Winx Club, My Strange Addiction and Russian News! I’m afraid I don’t speak Russian. I have no idea what the other shows are about. It seems TiVo doesn’t know me as well as it thinks it does. It guesses what I am like, sometimes it’s accurate, many times it’s not.
If TiVo insisted that it knew everything about me, we would think it was delusional or arrogant. Just because it had a few shows right, doesn’t mean it has me all figured out. In reality it gets more wrong about me than right.
If it was possible, I would talk to TiVo, let it ask me questions, spend some time with and learn a little about my preferences, my life, and my character. Those are some of the ways it could get to know me.
Sometimes we can feel like the TiVo, when it comes to God. We guess some things, sometimes we are right, and if we are not careful, we can start to assume all our TiVo guesses about God are accurate. We can start to assume we have Him all figured out.
Yet, unlike TiVo we are not limited to guesses about God. We can come to Him in prayer. We can see something of Him in creation. We can seek to understand Him through the Bible. We get a glimpse of His character in His sacrifice for us at Easter.
Why settle for a TiVo understanding of God, when you can know Him so much better?