“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
― A.W. Tozer
It really does matter what we think about God because it matters to God what we think about Him.
Our God, Yahweh, the Alpha and the Omega, the triune God who experiences perfect fellowship within the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, this God wants us to know Him.
Just read Jeremiah 31.33-34.
‘But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No more shall every man teach his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.’
Hear the excitement our God feels at the thought of this new covenant that would be ushered in at the cross. He couldn’t wait for that veil to be torn. He couldn’t wait for you and me to be welcomed into His family. He couldn’t wait to be known.
Romans 1.20 tells us that God created a world where His invisible attributes are displayed by the things He has made.
Some of you will remember the old British tv show, Through the Keyhole, where a presenter would be filmed walking through a house, pointing out the pictures on the walls, the books in the bookshelf and the collectables that line the shelves. The idea was to try and guess what celebrity the house belonged to from the clues.
Now imagine our God, speaking solar systems and planets into being, forming continents and mountain ranges and carefully designing everything so as to leave endless clues about His nature. Who made a world like this?
Our God did. He has shown Himself to be a God who creates complex beauty from nothing, who is infinitely creative and who cares about the smallest detail. Every rose bloom and beetle, every sunset and seashell is a hallmark of God’s artistry, stamped on this world.
And He did it all just so that anyone who looks with an open heart can see what kind of God He is.
God has also carefully and painstakingly revealed Himself in His Word. In the Bible, God makes clear His plan for the world, from the very beginning. We see His ways as they weave through history. God’s character is painted in technicolour with burning bushes and rainbow promises. His provision is demonstrated by feather-light manna and rams in thickets and a lunch that feeds a crowd. Seas that are parted and blind eyes that are opened show us His unmatched power. From cover to cover, the Bible shows us what matters to God and what He has done about it.
And, we see in John 17.25-26 that God sent Jesus to reveal more about what He is like. This final, costly act insured not only that our sins were covered, but that God’s good and loving character was perfectly modelled to his beloved humanity. Just in case we were to misunderstand God and see only His power and not His love, or if we were to imagine that we are just a small cog in some impersonal plan, Jesus’s life shows us just the opposite. In Jesus, we see a God who does everything out of goodness We see kingship that looks like servanthood and instead of a religion, the life of Jesus invites us into a relationship.
We see God’s perfect love evident from the very moment of creation, but it is proven at the cross.
Our God is without rival. He is the beginning and the end. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. And yet he chooses to use His power for redemption and restoration. He chooses sacrifice. He chooses love and He chooses us.
Don’t ever believe anything else.
Don’t even contemplate a God who is distant or harsh or unavailable. He is present, He is a Father and His children can draw close and know Him.