What difference does it make? It makes all the difference in the world; not only in this world, but in the world to come. Unlike the pagans of old, we are not left to our own imagination as to what God is like, what He demands from us, and who He is. Graciously and lovingly, in keeping with His character, God has revealed Himself to us. He wants us to know Him, love Him, be in fellowship with Him, serve Him, and bring Him glory through our lives.
Knowing God gives us purpose. It adds reason and rational to our lives. It tells us there is a God in heaven, seated on His throne, and not only does He care for us, but He created us for a purpose. Think of how hopeless the man or woman is who has no God in whom to trust. Consider the emptiness and vanity of life lived without knowledge of the God of the Bible. Knowing God assures us that to everything there is a season and a time, to every purpose under heaven. Life is no accident. We didn’t merely evolve. God made us. Wondrously and gloriously have we been made. Not in the image of an ape, but in the image of God Himself.
While there remains a certain mystery to God, that is, there is much about Him we do not understand; there is much about Him we can and do know. He is a person and we can know Him personally. We may not be able to know Him fully, but we can know Him truly. Indeed, we can know Him for who He is.
God’s sovereignty assures us there is nothing too hard for Him. He is always in control. Nothing is too difficult for Him. He can do anything He desires, and Scripture tells us when we pray, He hears and answers our prayers. That ought to charge your batteries this morning! The God of the entire universe, the one for whom nothing is impossible and everything in creation is held accountable, has given you and I permission to come and make our requests before His throne. Not only does He hear us, but He has promised to answer our prayers!
God’s holiness assures us He is neither capricious nor malicious, but is pure and good. He cannot be corrupted. He cannot be bribed, nor can He be persuaded to go against His nature. God’s holiness tells us He is not like us, but that as His Spirit works in our lives, we can become more and more like Him.
God’s eternal nature assures us He is infinitely different than we are. Unlike the gods of the pagans who were carved in stone and had to be awakened and cared for, our God is self sustaining and needs nothing from us. It is we who are needy and because He is without beginning or end, because He is everlasting, the Alpha and the Omega, He can meet our every need. The fact He is infinite assures us there is life beyond this earth. When Jesus promised He would go and prepare a place for us, we can take Him at His word. Knowing our God is without beginning or end, that He knows all things, can do all things, and is always everywhere at all times should bring great comfort to our souls.
God’s omnipresence assures us He can keep His word to never leave us nor forsake us. Our God is not limited to time and space. He cannot be confined to some image or statue. He is not a prisoner to some temple we build for Him. He is everywhere, at all times forever. There is no place we can escape Him and there is no place where He is not already there before we arrive.
God’s omniscience assures us He has everything under control. Nothing will ever take Him by surprise, nothing will ever catch Him off guard, no circumstance we encounter in life, regardless of how difficult or sudden it may be, will ever find our Lord unaware or unprepared. He who created all things knows all things and has made provisions for us before we ever need them. This is what Jesus says of His Father in the Sermon on the Mount. He knows what we need before we even ask!
God’s righteousness gives us knowledge that someday all wrongs will be made right, that while injustice may reign on this earth, He will be the final judge. All things will be set right and every man will give an account. We can live with this world, knowing that it is but for a while. God’s righteousness tells us He will punish sin, not just the sin of others, but our sin as well. It tells us we must make things right with Him.
God’s mercy gives us insight into His patience and willingness to wait for us. While He has every right to punish us, instead He chooses to pursue us, to call us to Himself. Withholding His wrath, in His Mercy, He extends His goodness and grace to us.
God’s love for us assures us He is always looking out for our best. Nowhere was this more clearly seen than on Calvary’s cross: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). While God is just, He is also loving; so much so that He gave of Himself to pay the just penalty for our sin. He extended His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners in rebellion against Him, He sent Jesus to die for us. This is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s love.
I pity the soul who has no God like ours in whom to trust. I pity the self-sufficient man who scoffs at our religion, calling it a crutch for simple minded weaklings. There will come a day when those who refuse to submit to the Lord will wish they had. There will come a day when their strength fails them and their flesh gives way to the ravages of time. That is why we who know Him must tell all who will hear of the one true and living God who offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who will receive.
As you contemplate the majesty and wonder of our God the obvious question is not, “What do you know about Him?” But rather, “Do you know Him?” Have you ever come to a point in your life where you’ve placed your trust for forgiveness of sins and eternal life in Jesus Christ? If not, what would keep you from doing so right now?