What do I believe about God?
And does it matter what I believe?
Do I picture an indulgent Grandpa handing out lollipops to his darlings?
Do I cower as I imagine a harsh dictator meting out wrath on an unsuspecting victim?
Do I think of a disinterested creator who has set the pendulum swinging on this earth before vanishing and forcing humans to muddle through their circumstances alone?
Do I think of a Being far too busy to annoy Himself with my concerns?
What I believe affects my actions. If I doubt God's Word, my life will be affected.
He lost everything he possessed, including his children and health. Even his wife and friends deserted him. In his anguish, Job still expressed trust in God's faithfulness. “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21) He also found hope in a future Savior. “For I know that my redeemer liveth.” (Job 19:25)
The example of Job demonstrates how a proper view of God was able to keep Job faithful despite his afflictions. A proper view of God may be the most important truth to embed in our lives. Our view of God will color our view of all life, causing us to despair or praise, to worry or trust.
My view of God must come from His Word. As I read through the Bible, especially the New Testament, I stop and ask, what does this passage tell me about God?
Here are a few examples:
“God is love” (1 John 4:16)
He is “a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19)
He is our adopted Father (Romans 8:15 Gal 4:6)
He is “a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)
He will “judge the world in righteousness.” (Acts 17:31)
He is “longsuffering...not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9)
He is “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor 1:3)
And that only scratches the surface. We could spend the rest of our lives studying the character and attributes of God and still have more to learn.
We can also study the life of Christ. God spoke “unto us by His Son” (Hebrews 1:2) so studying Jesus and His teachings will show us His Father.
So here is a challenge - for me and for you. Find and delight on Scriptures that share the character of our wonderful God. Then we, like Job, will be prepared to respond to life's circumstances with truth.
What attributes of God have you found in the Scripture?