A few months ago, while I was looking through some of Benjamin’s stuff, I came across this piece of paper. I have no idea where it came from, and neither does Benjamin, but it now hangs up on our bulletin board as a sort of reminder.
Across the top, it reads, “All of our actions are driven by our view of God.” That might sound trite or maybe even confusing at first glance, but when my eyes first wandered down the list that followed, I realized how powerful of a statement that is.
Through the Bible, God’s Inspired Word, we can start to see pieces of who our God is. Our tiny little human minds can’t grasp Him entirely (Isaiah 55:9), but God has chosen to show His character to us through the histories, the commands, and the praises of Him written by people through His inspiration over hundreds of years.
From the Bible, we know that God….
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” -1 John 4:8
“ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” -Psalm 96:9
…is all powerful
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” -Jeremiah 32:27
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…” -Romans 1:18
…wants to guide and direct us
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” -James 1:5
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6
…just to name a few! I have realized the more I read through my Bible, the more the Holy Spirit helps me to see the amazing attributes of our God.
But here is why I am so grateful to have that reminder up on my bulletin board: My feelings twist and distort the image of God so often that I sometimes find myself totally wandering from where He wants me to be.
When I am afraid, for example, I am not trusting that God can take care of me. When I sin, I am choosing to forget God’s holiness and His righteous anger against sin. When I am worrying, I am not believing that God holds the future and that He loves me dearly. Even if I know what’s right, I am listening to my feelings more closely than God’s truth. As soon as I do that, I have begun tarnishing my understanding of who God really is.
“All of our actions are driven by our view of God” — our words, our choices, our treatment of others…
So what should we do when our image of God is a bit tarnished by worry, fear, or arrogance? The same thing we always have to do. We have to take the problem to our Lord in prayer and we have to totally immerse ourselves in the truth of the Bible. His truth trumps our feelings every time (“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” – John 17:17).
The Christian walk is a beautiful adventure. It’s hard sometimes, harder than we might ever have imagined, but we have to remember that we are following a powerful, loving God who is with us at every step and who is good. When we remember that, we will be able to say with the psalmist, “The Lord is on my side. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)