Behold Your God — Week Three, Day Three

14 Jun

“Israel’s measure of God was the measure of their hope — big God equals big hope.” 

How do you have real hope? You must have a real view of the greatness and goodness of God. It must be a view that gets beyond a tired cliche. How can this happen?

Recently I was reading a discussion about a moral issue and the comments were going back and forth and while the participants were all claiming to be Christians they were coming to vastly different conclusions. It was apparent to me that everyone in that discussion had an idea about who God was, but none of them claimed any authority for their ideas outside of their own thinking. Finally, a person far into the discussion entered with a reasonable view of the moral issue using the Bible as the authority. In other words, the person was trying to see what God said about the issue in His Word. Two comments later that person was chided for bringing in a comment from the “Flat Earth Society” (internet comments are not known for their civility). No one engaged the person who started with the Bible in a discussion. Instead, there was just an insult designed to marginalize a view that has been widely accepted for centuries. In our culture, it is becoming more and more common that a person looking to what God has said in the Bible as a basis for living is viewed as naive, stupid, and dangerous.

But apart from knowing God based on what God has revealed about Himself in the Scriptures, what basis for hope do we really have? Politics? Money? Seventy years of fun and then death? Some might say Jesus is our hope, and that is certainly true. But we should be careful even at this point to make sure we don’t make a Jesus of our own. We need to stay close to the revealed Jesus we see in the Bible.

True hope comes from a true view of God. A true view of God comes through giving ourselves to understanding what God’s self-revelation (the Bible) tells us about Him. That is why we are doing this study this summer. We want to see God through the lens of Scripture and be shaped by that, not by conventional wisdom or our own notions or tradition. So every day, when you go to the Bible, Behold Your God. Ask yourself first and foremost, “What does this passage teach me about God?”

 

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