Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

How does God reveal Himself?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

How do we know what God is like?

It’s an important question isn’t it?

Certainly you can look at the design and beauty of a snow flake or a breath taking sunset and you’ll see God’s creative genius.

You only have to be caught in the middle of a storm with thunder and lightening flashing around you to witness His power.

Just look up at the stars at night and you’ll sense God’s awesome majesty.

As the Psalmist wrote,

‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat’. (Psalm 19:1­6)

People need to look no farther than nature to understand that God is real.

The book of Romans tells us the Lord’s revelation in nature renders inexcusable those who would deny His existence:

‘For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse’. (Romans 1:20)

There’s no reasonable explanation for the creation of the material universe other than an omnipotent God putting it all together.

But nature can’t give us a full revelation of God. It may tell us that He is creator, and that He is powerful, and majestic, but creation does not show the Lord’s character or holiness.

That’s why He gave us His Word. The Bible reveals God’s character and tells us things like:

  • He is love – 1 John 4:16
  • He is a God of Peace – Romans 15:33
  • He is patient - 2 Peter 3:9

Without Scripture we wouldn’t know that God is a,

‘…compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin…’ (Exodus 34:6–7)

But the most perfect revelation of God is The Lord Jesus Christ. He is the full revelation of God.

As John points out in the opening of his gospel,

‘…the unique One [Jesus] who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us’. (John 1:18 NLT)

And as Jesus said in John 14,

‘If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him"...Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father…’ (John 14:7, 9)

Because as the writer of Hebrews says,

‘The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being…’ (Hebrews 1:3)

Our heavenly Father wanted to ensure that humanity could know Him intimately - So, He sent His Son, clothed in flesh, to make Himself known.

Have a good week getting to know God better through the revelation of His Son.

Pastor Barry

14 June 2009

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