Knowing Our God

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Knowing Our GodHow do you see God?  Is He like a great grandfather in the sky who smiles, pats us on the head and loves on us know matter what we do?  Or is He a harsh God who sit’s up there waiting for us to make a wrong move or bad decision so that He can zap us and throw us into some ever burning hell fire?


Is God capricious in His nature changing His mind about things as He goes?  One day He gives us these laws to follow that show us how to love God and our fellow man, and the next He gets rid of them because they’re just not necessary anymore.  Is God Omnipresent like some believe?  Is He in every leaf of every tree, in every blade of grass, in every rock, etc.?  Is our Great God “little baby Jesus meek and mild” like some view Him? Or is He a great and mighty King who will raise up His Saints while conquering His enemies on this earth one day?


I could go on and on with the many ways that people view or see God.  We tend to have opinions about God and His nature we inherit from our parents, our churches, even our culture.  On top of that we have this tendency to want to see God the way we think He should be.


If what I’m writing here were not true, would we have hundreds of different Christian churches and doctrines?


There certainly are many mysteries about God that we like to speculate about, but we are just not able to know at this time.   God does not give us every detail about Him, but He gives us what we need to know.  He gives us a path to follow that will lead us right into His Kingdom if we are willing to follow it. 


Would you like to know what the most important thing to know about God is?  He tells us right in the scriptures and it’s actually very simple.  You can find the answer to this question in the book of Jeremiah.



Jeremiah 9:24

But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.


That scripture says so much!  First it tells us that we can understand and know Him.  That right there tells us that He is not distant or esoteric.  He is a personal God and can be known by us.  What a blessing that is.


Next He tells us what His nature is.  He exercises lovingkindness, judgement and righteousness.  Let’s break those down a bit and see what it tells us about God.


The first thing God tells us about His nature is He exercises lovingkindness.  So what’s the difference between kindness and loving kindness?  I think the best example might be found in how we might show kindness to a stranger as opposed to how we show kindness to someone we really love and care about.


A perfect example of God’s lovingkindness is found in the book of Jonah.  We all know the story of God telling Jonah to go to Nineveh and prophecy to the people that in 40 days Nineveh would be destroyed.  And we all know how he tried to get out of the job and fled on a ship but eventually was thrown overboard swallowed up by a great fish and delivered to the beach near Nineveh. 


The gets very interesting when Jonah started going through the streets of Nineveh calling out, “Yet 40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown”.  The king of Nineveh hears about this and immediately humbled himself and commanded all his people to do the same.  They rent their clothes, put on sackcloth and call for a city wide fast.  They even made their cattle and other animals fast and wear sackcloth.  And when God saw the repentance and how the people from the greatest to the least humbled themselves, God showed them lovingkindness and repented of destroying the city and spared all their lives.


The very act of Jesus Christ suffering the torture, beating, humiliation and crucifixion for our sins is the ultimate act of lovingkindness.  Isn’t it great to know that our God is a God that exercises lovingkindness?  If He weren’t, we would all be toast.


Next God tells us that He executes judgement.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, we are told very specifically that we are not to avenger ourselves of wrongs that are committed against us.  That doesn’t mean we can’t defend ourselves, only that once something is done to us, it is not our place to exact judgment on whomever offended us, but it is God’s place to exact judgment.


Romans 12:19

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.


God his given us a great gift which is free will.  So if we are truly free, we must be free to do both good and evil; sadly, many choose evil.  Judgment is how God deals with evil and He will not ignore justice which is judgment.


We all know the story of the children of Israel in Egypt and the hard bondage they went through.  On top of the horrible servitude the Egyptians put the Israelite’s, the whole county was complicit in the murder of many of the Israelite’s baby boys.  Because Pharaoh couldn’t get the midwives to kill the baby boys when they were born, it commanded all his people when they found a new born baby boy there were to cast him into the Nile River.


We  have know way of knowing how many Israelite baby boys were murdered, but it was probably thousands.  There are people who ask, “Couldn’t God have just gotten the Israelite’s out of Egypt without killing all the first born of Egypt”?  Of course He could, but how could God let the murder of all those innocent baby’s go unanswered?  Where would be the justice?  God is fair, God is strait, He says very specifically, He will repay.  That is judgment.


Exodus 12:12

‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.


Vengeance is God’s job and it shows that God is fair and will exercise judgment on those who have it coming.


Next, God tells us He is a God of righteousness which is the quality of being morally right.  This tells us that we can always count on God to do what is right.  God is always fair and strait with us.  He will never be capricious or unknowable in His judgments.  He thereby gives us an example of how we should be in our dealings with others.  Below are just a few of many scriptures on God’s righteousness.


Psalm 7:17

I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 9:4

For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.

Psalm 9:8

He shall judge the world in righteousness, And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness


The bottom line is all the issues we want to argue about regarding God are futile.  There are things we just cannot know about God and there are things we can only speculate regarding God.  But the things that are truly important to know about God are these:


Jeremiah 9:24

But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

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