GET TO KNOW GOD
Written by: Mateo Palmitier
A few years ago I heard someone make this statement…
The most important thing in your life is what you think about God.
Immediately following that statement another one was made...
The second most important thing in your life is what you think God thinks about you.
When I first heard these remarks it got me wondering, is this true? Is it true that the most important thing in life is what I think about God? Is it true that the second most important thing is what I think God thinks about me?
So, I began a journey. I began exploring God. I began exploring my behaviors and my actions. I explored my thought life & my dreams, & what I found is that he was right. This man was right. He summed it up beautifully…
The most important thing in your life is what you think about God. The second most important thing is what you think God thinks about you.
You see, our thoughts are incredibly powerful, and what we think about we empower. If you think about food long enough you’ll find yourself getting food. Likewise, if you convince yourself that a particular food is disgusting you will avoid that food.
What you think about something determines how you approach that thing. Not only that, but what you think about something determines if you will approach that thing at all.
One of my favorite things about God is that He’s a talker. He loves to be in communication with His children, but do we, His children, feel the same way? Do we feel as though we are in constant communication with our Father? If not, there could be a variety of problems, ranging from
1. We don’t believe that God speaks today.
2. We don’t believe that we can hear from God.
3. We don’t know how to hear from God.
4. We don’t want to hear from God.
All of these issues above stem from what we believe about God and what we believe about ourselves in relationship to God. Do you think God speaks? If not, you won’t press in to listen because there’s nothing to listen to. Do you think He speaks, just not to you? Again, you won’t position yourself to hear if you don’t think you can.
Now what about the fourth issue; We don’t want to hear from God? If you know God speaks, and as a child of God you’re built with the natural and learned abilities to communicate with Him, then why wouldn’t you want to hear from Him? It could be because you have a misconception of what He’s like. It could be because you have a misconception of what He’s like towards you.
If you think God is angry, malicious, and displeased with you, why would you ever press in to hear His voice? Nobody likes to be ridiculed, so why would you position yourself to be ridiculed by the Lord of Lords and King of Kings?
If you think God is one who’s keeping track of everything you’ve done wrong & is just waiting to slap you in the face with your past mistakes & grievances, why would you ever draw near?
How you know God directly impacts how you live your life.
Again, the most important thing in life is what you think about God. It’s not what you think He’ll do for you or won’t do for you that matters most, those things come from who He is. God’s actions come from His nature. Get to know the nature of God, and your life will begin to take shape differently.
How you know God is of the utmost importance. If you know Him to be kind, you will act in accordance with that belief. If you know Him to be a harsh critic, you will act in accordance with that belief.
It’s time for us to learn the truth about God’s nature and character. We must discover the God who is abounding in loving kindness & faithful to a thousand generations. We must encounter the God whose love endures forever, the One who is patient with us, and keeps no record of wrongs, instead casts them as far as the east is from the west.
So here are a few tips in discovering the character & nature of God so that you can live with a correct view of the Lord as well as a correct view of yourself.
1. Get in the word. Specifically spend time in the psalms & the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). The psalms are full of statements that reveal God’s nature. Even when David’s world is in shambles, He seems to have an unshakeable faith in the Lord because of His steadfast love & faithfulness.
2. Let Jesus form your beliefs. Hebrews 1 tells us that, “The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” In other words, Jesus looks exactly like God. Let Jesus’ life be your filter for how you see the Lord. Anyone who sees the son sees the Father, this is why it is important to spend time in the gospels.
3. Stop attributing your heartache to the Lord. It’s amazing how quick we are to accuse God when life starts hitting the fan. Hardship has a way of blinding us to the real problem and directing us to put all the blame upon the Father. Next time you’re engaged in hardship remember, there is an enemy, there is a devil, and he’s in the business of stealing, killing, and destroying. If you’re going through something that looks like theft, death, or destruction, those are the attributes of the enemy, not our Father. The Father came to restore, redeem, anoint, bless, love, and to give life and life abundant.
Get to know God. You won’t regret it, and future you/ all those you meet along the way will thank you.
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