Knowing God; March 3, 2018

Ezekiel 20:44 “You will know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake and not according to your evil ways and your corrupt practices, O house of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

Basically everything God does is to get people to know Him. He wants them to know both His holiness and His grace, His righteousness and His love. It seems like we deliberately misunderstand some of the lessons He gives us. When He is strict we think He is vindictive, and when He is gracious we think He is indulgent and lax. None of that is true. We need to receive and obey Him for who He says He is throughout the Bible, and as He shows Himself to be in our daily lives. God has indeed revealed Himself throughout His creation, as Paul points out to the Romans. (Romans 1:20) Just recently physicists have stated that the existence of the universe itself is a miracle, because there is no reason for it to exist as it does. Something as fundamental – and to us utterly unchangeable – as the ratio of matter to antimatter is both essential and inexplicable, apart from the will of a Creator. The biggest argument against the theory of evolution is the incredible complexity of things as they are, and the mathematical impossibility of their getting that way by chance. Entropy leads to devolution, not evolution. With all of these things and many more being as they are, mankind has no excuse for ignoring God, just as Paul said. As several thoughtful scientists have discovered, the only “holy book” that lines up with the universe as we are discovering it to be is the Bible. That being the case, the only logical course is to accept the Bible as the Word of God and seek to know more about Him through what it says.

I’ll never forget the time a doctor who had been attending my English Bible class for about a year came in and said he wanted to be baptized. I was of course delighted, but I asked him why. He said, “This book was not written simply by man, and if God caused it to be written, then I had better believe it.” So true! I pray that many more would have that revelation! The fact that I’m a missionary pastor doesn’t exempt me from having blind spots. I too need to keep seeking God, striving to recognize Him in all the ways He reveals Himself to me. That’s why regular morning devotions are something I will not give up. What greater privilege is there than taking in God’s Word and allowing Him to speak to my heart? When I get quiet before Him, He shows me His hand in many of the things going on in my life, and I have peace, joy, and increasing faith and hope. I know He wants to do that with all of His children, so that’s why I keep recommending and encouraging regular devotions to all who will listen.

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness toward me. Thank You for Your anointing yesterday as I recognized and used the opportunities You provided to share the message of Your grace and love with different people. I pray that Your words through me would indeed “seep into” the hearts of those who heard, to use the expression of one of the people I was speaking to. My I be increasingly effective as a witness of Christ, for the salvation of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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