Within the essence of being human is an urge to seek beyond ourselves. We look to an essence of being beyond and greater than humanity. It strikes me that, in a sense, this process works in reverse for God. He looks not beyond Himself (which would be futile) but rather back to us humans. As we look over and above ourselves to God, God looks back and below Himself to us. It would then seem that our perception of His sharp focus on His relationship with mankind would, so to speak, make us His god. I guess this is how highly we think of ourselves and with what limited human characteristics we might describe God.
In making God in our image and likeness we exclude the possibility that there may be greater concerns for God than us. There may be other beings and other worlds about which we know nothing. Wouldn’t this, indeed, knock us down to size? This possibility does not remove the great and unconditional love and compassion God has for us, it just poses the chance that we are not the only recipients of it.
There is the expression, “...a loving father who dotes upon his children” – that is God! But are we His only children? It boggles the mind for us to think of how precious to God is every element of His creation. Yet we only consider God’s creation as what we can perceive. Is it true (as we probably imagine) that God’s parenting of us, His shepherding of us, is His only concern? Like human parents, it may be a major concern but there are other things about which God must also be concerned. It is not God who makes us demigods; we do that ourselves. The substance of being human is seeking God. Is the substance of God the pursuit of mankind?