Rebecca K. Rogers
This summer at Bright Chapel we are exploring who God is. Each week we will take a characteristic of Him and what the word says about His nature. We want you to know God better and better.
When I look at this past 12 months I will tell you some aspects of God I personally experienced for myself that before I did not truly comprehend. God is….. kind, a deliverer, a provider, a friend, strong, powerful, present, sovereign, forgiving, wise, and a protector. No one can change my mind because I have stories to prove these things to be true. I grew from “knowing and labeling ” Him to experiencing him in these ways! Naturally, I want everyone to have these encounters with Him.
Colossians 1: 9-10
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
I am going to step out on a limb here and say that our Heavenly Father could be one of the most misunderstood lives in existence. For us to truly make peace with Him and our own lives we have to grow in our knowledge of who God is.
As we grown in understanding of who God actually is, it changes how we interact with Him and our world. For example, if you understand your boss to be unkind, intimidating and harsh, it will affect your interactions with them. You may keep your distance and be less creative or free in your work environment. This changes how you interact at work and how you view your job entirely. You will see everything they do through this filter, which is disillusionment if it is untrue!
But maybe after working there you realize all of those things were false. Your boss is very understanding, open and a great leader. Coming into the knowledge of the truth of someone will change everything. You may begin to thrive at work, bringing new ideas to the table, collaborating more and even experience greater success because you began to interact with the truth of who your boss is.
Unlike a boss, who can be worse or better than you expected, our Heavenly Father is guaranteed to be better than we believed. The less we understand about His heart and the goodness of God the less we are able to enjoy the blessings and promises He offers and the joy of fellowshipping with him.
How many lies have we accepted as truth? How many times did you or I not run to the Lord in prayer because we saw him as uncaring or indifferent? How many years have we walked around ashamed because we see Him as unforgiving? Or maybe we believe we can do whatever we want without any consequence? What is true? What is false? It works exactly the same as any relationship, when we grow in relationship we understand each other better.
We want to encourage all of us to lay down our preconceived ideas and get to know God as he is for ourselves. Instead of relying on hearsay or assumptions, we can become friends of God and start exploring all of the countless attributes and wonders of who He is.
Response: Take a moment to be quiet. Pray and ask God to reveal a part of himself to you that you have misunderstood. Write it down and find scriptures to support it.