Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

12/13/2017

CharlesCash

 

Knowing God Better

 

  To the Ephesians Paul wrote, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (understanding), so that you may know Him better” (Ephesians 1:17). Zophar, a friend of Job, asked the question,“Can you by searching find out God?” (Job 11:7) The answer is “yes!” He then asked in the same breath, “Can you find out the Almighty unto perfection?” The answer to that second question is obviously “no, of course not!” In Paul’s doxology of God he wrote, “How unsearchable are His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33) But, having said that, it is God’s fervent desire “that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27-28).

 

  In order to find the answers to Zophar’s questions and others like it, our God must not only be a God who exists, but also a God who has spoken. Through the Bible, and creation for that matter, God has spoken! “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2). How beautiful! The heavens speak to us and impart knowledge of God. Though not verbal, it is still speech, a language.

 

  Our idea of God and our idea of man in relation to God form the basic determinative concepts of all life. It should be our insatiable desire and aim to “know Him better.” To that end let us look briefly at three great attributes of God.

 

  God is omnipotent. God has all power! Limitless Power! “In the beginning,” the genesis, “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The divine record of creation reveals that over and over again “God said... And it was so.” He simply spoke and the worlds and all therein just came into existence. What power! The Hebrews writer wrote, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command” (Hebrews 11:3). Not only did He create all things, but He is now “sustaining all things by His powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). On a more personal note, He exercises his limitless power in us. Paul shares with us this wonderful promise, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us”(Ephesians 3:20). Fantastic! God is omnipotent!

 

  God is omniscient. He has all knowledge. God knows everything about us; He knows us better than we know ourselves. “You know me... You perceive my thoughts from afar... You are familiar with all my ways... Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord... Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain... How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139: 1-6, 17) God is infinite; He has no bounds; He is without limit.

 

  God is omnipresent. “God is spirit.” God is everywhere. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there: if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if Isettle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you”(Psalm 139: 7-12).  Enough said?

 

  Perhaps the best definition of God was given by John when he simply said, “God is love” (I John 4: 8, 16). Now, that is not an attribute, but the very essence of God. After all these centuries no better definition could be given of God than “God is love.”

 

  We were created by God and for God. There is a vacuum in a person’s life that is God-shaped and can be filled only by God. C. S. Lewis, in “The Joyful Christian,” wrote, “Theology means ‘the science of God,’ and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available.” The Bible and all the universe speak to us of God! Are you listening?

 

  Isn’t it possible for all of us to know God better? Is this your aim and desire?

 

—Charles Cash