Who is He?

July 8, 2014 | Tags:

 He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

-Mark 4:39

We could forever ponder who God is and still not uncover the vastness and depth of Him. However, we are able to understand and experience His nature and character enough to give us peace and to begin the satisfying work of wanting to know Him more. First, we have the word of God–the Bible. Through it, we can witness story after story, experience after experience, of His literal work and presence here on earth. We also get glimpses of Him in the throne room of heaven, being worshiped, in all holiness and righteousness, surrounded by angels and heavenly hosts, who cry out day and night, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty!” (Revelation 4:8b).

Due to the immense nature and perfection of God, He had to do something in order for us to understand who He is. As imperfect humans living in a world stained by sin, we could not look upon the face of God without immediately falling dead. His holiness, contrasted with our sinfulness, prohibited it. So He made a plan to send His Son, born of a woman, taking on the likeness of men, to live as we live and to die as we die. In Christ Jesus, we see God, in a tangible, flesh-and-blood form, to reveal God to us. That is why Christ says, “The one who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

We see God’s power over nature when Christ Jesus calmed the storm with a command–“Silence! Be still!” And everything ceased. Immediately. We see the depth of God’s love for the world when Jesus hung on the cross, bloody and beaten, taking upon Himself every sin for all time. And we see God’s power over sin and death when three days later, Jesus rose from the dead. We see that with God, we can cry out “Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). After all, the one who created all things is the Only One who can re-create all things. Yes, we see that “with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Take the time to ponder the vastness of God through His word. When we ponder who God is, we get lifted up from the temporary sufferings of this world and can gaze upon the beauty and perfection of God. There, we have hope. We have a destination. We see that this is not the way it was supposed to be, but God, one day soon, will restore everything. Keep your mind on who God is. While we’ll never exhaust our understanding of Him, striving to is a goal worth pursuing.

By Courtney Silberman

 

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