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09

Know God

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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace…

Hebrews 13:8-9a

The Sunday School teacher held up a copy of a  magazine from a local Sunday paper.  The cover story asked, “Is God All in Your Head?”

The article went on to tantalized readers with the suggestion that science may have the first ever snapshot of God (proof of the existence of, as the author put it, a “higher reality”). The article went on to chronicle the work of a contemporary scientist who had studied the functions of the human brain, and quoted other scholars, scientists, a few mystics and even some nominal Christians on what it was to experience a higher reality.  However, the single most authoritative source that could have been used to support God’s existence, the Bible, was nowhere to be found in the article.

Can we really know God?  Can we personally know Him?  Ask anyone who’s had a fervent prayer request answered and they’ll tell you, God exists!  As the title of one of Francis Schaeffer’s works proclaims He is “The God Who Is There.”  Perhaps a better question would be what might we know about God?  In Deuteronomy 33:27, we’re told that God is eternal, without beginning or end, infinite, and unlimited by time.  How awesome to think that the God Who Elijah knew, Who led Joseph into Egypt, and gave Daniel incredible wisdom is still working in our lives today.  And there’s no chance that He’ll be leaving any time soon.

Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 4:19 that we suffer according to God’s will and confirms God’s faithfulness by calling his readers to “commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” By “souls” Peter means our very breath of life, our living beings.  By committing our souls or lives to God, we put them into God’s hands, on deposit, for safekeeping. The incredible thing to me is that He is there, everyday, ready for me to come to Him in prayer or for quiet time, even when I forget.  God never forgets us. He knows us like the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).

He’s is our faithful creator. Hymn writer Thomas Chisholm gets one of the lines for his hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” from James 1:17, telling us “there is no variation or shadow of turning” with God. From where we sit, everything changes. Nothing stays the same for long.  Friends become distant. Parents grow older. You’ve changed. You’re not the same as you were last year.  I’ve changed, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Everything on this planet changes, but God is constant: He is changeless.  He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow!

In Exodus 34:6 we find that God is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness and truth…” He shows us kindness without regard to our worth or merit.  Longsuffering means God is slow to anger.  God is patiently waiting for us to ask Him for His mercy, to partake of His grace, to be overwhelmed by His goodness and to be uplifted by His truth.

What may we know about God? Plenty! Have you open God’s Word lately just to consider that He has always been there and always will be there for us? Have you truly entrusted your life into His hands or do you constantly take it back, trying to do it all for yourself? Have you discovered, through His Word, the wonderful comfort that God does not change? Have you gone to Him in humble supplication to ask for His favor, even though you know you don’t deserve it? God wants you to know Him. He wants you to explore and discover the rich treasures of His perfect will. However you must be willing to take steps, daily, to meet and know Him better.

GB&G2U

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