Who Is God?

‘What comes into our minds when we think about God
is the most important things about us.’
A.W. Tozer
Welcome to our new series, ‘Who is God?’

At first glance this question may seem redundant, unnecessary, or perhaps even irrelevant, or perhaps at times you’ve felt that God is unknowable or far away. Some may ask, ‘is this really worth studying?’ But perhaps it does. How we think about God can inform what we do daily, what leisure we seek, where we go, how we speak, how we work, why we work, where we use our resources, how we organize and love our family, or how we view a stranger. Knowing God is more than a nod to his existence, nor is it comprised of formulaic creeds or confessions. Assurance of God’s character gives us a clear picture of reality and guides us to follow in his ways. Knowing his character also helps us rest securely and feel comfort in many of life’s difficult situations. Author and theologian J.I. Packer once stated,
 
‘When you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.’

Fortunately for us, God has chosen to be extremely generous in the revealing of himself. The Bible is a rich source of knowledge about God and allows us to examine in detail what is his nature and character. He is unlike anything or anyone we could ever know or imagine, and our words certainly fall short of capturing the full nature of a holy God. But thankfully God desires us to be sure of him, as he knows we cannot trust or love someone we do not know. We want to know God rather than to know about him.
 
Each day this month we’ll explore a specific quality or attribute about God. Understanding and knowing God is of course, a lifetime journey. Perhaps for some of us this can even be the beginning of making time to intentionally consider the multitude of the facets of God. We would encourage you to intentionally think and meditate each day. We can gain clarity about meditation from J.I. Packer:

“Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of communion with God."

Thanks for joining with us in this new journey. ‘Let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.' Hosea 6:3
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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