Audio of Wednesday Night’s Bible Class:
After crossing the Red Sea, Israel celebrated in song, singing
“Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” ~Exodus 15:11
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this:that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.” ~Jeremiah 9:23-24
The more that we know about God, and get to know Who He is, the more we know that our deepest needs are met by Him.
God Knows You Need Endurance and Encouragement.
Romans 15:5 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.” We need endurance – power to make it through. (Max Lucado’s next book: “You’re Going To Get Through This”). We need Encouragement – how often do we want to give up? We need a spirit of Unity – we are not in this alone! God knows everything about us, yet He wants us to endure, stay encouraged, and get along with each other! What love He has for us!
God Knows You Need Hope
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Paul prays that God will so fill us with joy and peace that we would OVERFLOW with hope! Joy and peace give us hope. When Satan steals our joy and peace, we begin to lose sight of our hope. You can count on God! He is dependable – and will keep his promise. Hope is more than a general guessing – it is assurance!
God Knows You Need Peace
Romans 15:33 “The God of peace be with you all… “
Hebrews 13:20 “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep.”
We can have peace in our souls because God is all powerful! He raised up Jesus from the dead…we have an eternal covenant! When we trust in God, we are placing our trust in a failsafe trust! God knows you need endurance, encouragement, peace …and…
God Knows You Need Love
2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
A. W. Pink named several things about the love of God. Here are two. The love of God…
Is uninfluenced. There was nothing whatever in the objects of His love to call it into exercise,
nothing in the creature to attract or prompt it. The love of God is free, spontaneous, uncaused.
Deuteronomy 7:7-9 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you …
1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
Is Eternal. Jeremiah 31:3 “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with
unfailing kindness.” Ephesians 3:18-19 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
God’s love has many other qualities, but most importantly to us as individuals – it belongs to you.
God knows You Need Grace
1 Peter 5:10 “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
“Divine grace is the sovereign and saving favor of God exercised in the bestowment of blessings upon those who have no merit in them and for which no compensation is demanded from them. Nay, more; it is the favor of God shown to those who not only have no positive deserts of their own, but who are thoroughly ill-deserving and hell-deserving. It is completely unmerited and unsought, and is altogether unattracted by anything in or from or by the objects upon which it is bestowed. Grace can neither be bought, earned, nor won by the creature. If it could be, it would cease to be grace.” (Arthur W. Pink, The Attributes of God)
2 Timothy 1:9-10 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
No doubt we need His grace because of our many mistakes, and even our poor decisions. He is the God of ALL grace…all we need. His grace is sufficient.
God Knows We Never Stop Learning About Him.
Since God has made a relationship with Him possible, we need to be daily pursuing this wonderful knowledge.
Three ways to seek God (from the Calvary Chapel Link below):
1. Gleaning from those who know God better than we do. Get to know people who are
close to God. Ask them about their Bible knowledge and experiences with God. Many
books also can help us read how others have come to know God. Best book: Bible!
2. Spend quality time alone with the Lord.
“When the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, one of the things it means is, now, so to speak, Jesus is loose and at large, so that anyone anywhere can enjoy the same kind of relationship with him as the disciples had in the days of his flesh. The only differences are that, first, his presence with the Christian is spiritual, not bodily, and so invisible to our physical eyes; second, that Jesus’ way of speaking to us now is not by uttering fresh words, but rather by applying to our consciences those words of his that are recorded in the Gospels, together with the rest of the biblical testimony” (from Knowing God by J. I. Packer).
3. Listen intently and seek understanding. Reading and meditating on the Word of God.
“Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and
applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and
purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed
in the presence of God, under the eye of God, by the help of God, as a means of
communion with God. It is a matter of talking to one’s self about God and one’s self”
(from Knowing God by J. I. Packer).
Even though we have noted several great qualities of God, we have not even touched the hem of the garment! We have, though, noted the kinds of qualities that move us to praise His name. God knows we need endurance, encouragement, hope, peace, love, grace, assurance. We come to know God better by learning from others, spending time with God, absorbing His Word. These are all qualities that God has – and that He wants his children to display! Let’s let that challenge us this week to be more like our heavenly Father.
Website devotional: http://calvarychapel.com/blog/knowing-god
The Attributes of God by Arthur W. Pink
Knowing God by J. I. Packer