Picture your best friend in your mind: why did you choose that person to be your best friend? On the surface you might be thinking about the things you share; likes and dislikes. Or perhaps you recall their words or actions that initially drew you to them. But that person is your BEST friend not because of their actions or the similarities between you two, but because of their character. You are drawn to their personality, to the core of who they are. Getting to know someone’s character cements the relationship and allows for deeper and deeper growth. The same is true with our relationship with God! But how are we to know Him? The God of the Universe! The One who spoke the galaxies into existence! If we desire to know more deeply the character of the King of Kings, we must begin in the Bible.
The Purpose of Scripture
The Bible was written by approximately 40 different authors and took more than 1500 years to finish; yet, we know from 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is breathed by God Himself. God is the God of order, of purpose, and so we can be confident that each word written in the Bible is going to be necessary and useful to us as we seek to know God. He would not have “breathed” it without purpose! That should give us assurance as we enter into this journey; we open His Bible confidently, knowing that He is revealing Himself to us on each and every page. And when we open His Word, our purpose should be clear: to know His character. When we attempt to find ourselves within the text, we miss out on the true nature of Scripture — revelation of God Himself! The beauty of our relationship with God is that when we seek Him, He will make known to us what is important about everything else — including us! Just as it says in Matthew 6:33, we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” What a wonderful promise!
Revelation Through His Words
But how? How does God choose to make Himself known in Scripture? He reveals Himself in the Bible through His words and His actions. When we seek to know God’s character, we should look first at what He says about Himself.
God is Eternal Isaiah 40:28 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”
God is Patient Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
God Loves Me 1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
God’s words about Himself in the Bible are meant to help us understand the depths of His power, His love, His grace and mercy, and so much more!
Revelation through His Actions
And it doesn’t stop there! God also reveals His character through His actions.
Read Genesis 1 and write down the truths about God that you see in creation — creativity, power, purpose!
Spend time in Acts 9 and see God’s redemptive nature revealed in Paul’s conversion story!
And just try to read any part of the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — without a greater understanding of God’s unconditional love for each of us and His sovereign plan to use His son Jesus to bring us back into a right relationship with Him.As you continue to dive into God’s Word, we pray, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Ephesians 1:17-21