Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sola Scriptura: Knowing God Through Scripture

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable."
                  ~Isaiah 40:28

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I find it amazing how much of God's character is revealed in this one verse. We get to know who He is mostly by means of prayer, meditation, and reading His word.

The verse above tells me me so much about His character. God has told me to segment this verse for a richer understanding.

"The everlasting God..."
I would like to begin with this line, although it is not the first one. This segment tells me that God is eternal. He was here at the dawn of creation and will be here even until the end of age! He is with us when we laugh, when we cry, when we travel, when we are lonely, when we are away from our family and friends, when we are afraid, when we fail, when we are vistorious, when we are rejected, when we succeed, when we are lost, and when we lead.

I could think of many, many, many, more. He is eternal. His love is eternal. His knowledge (for us, especially) is eternal. His presence is eternal. His word is eternal.

God ain't going nowhere. But we must keep Him close. We must keep Him first in our lives.

"...the Lord..."
The Lord of all. The Lord of all things living. The Lord of all the earth. The Lord of the universe. Lord of all Lords. Jesus is Lord. Lord above all.

"...The Creator of the ends of the earth..."
"Creator" is the key word. The Lord has created all things (Colossians 1:16-17). He created you. He created me. He created the earth, the planets, the sun, the stars! He created Heaven. He created nature, the weather, rainbows, and all creatures. He created language for all to speak. To speak to Him, to speak to one another, and to rebuke the enemy.

He created the ends of the earth. A God who created this entire world by speaking everything into existence has thought to create you! The same God who created mountains, waterfalls, sunrises, the moon, and stars created you and me! We are so small compared to the footprints of His glory. So small. Yet He lives in us. He wanted us! He called us! He saved us!

The fact that the same God who created it all with such majestic beauty is the same God who created us and lives in us should make us feel like so many things:

  • Loved
  • Beautiful
  • Strong
  • Courageous
  • Valued
  • Blessed
  • Accepted
  • Secure
Secure, because a God who created the world in only a week will never stop looking after you. He will always protect you. He will always provide. He will never forget about you, dearly beloved. He loves you like crazy!

"...neither faints nor is weary..."
How incredible is it that God, who created the entire universe out of nothing in 7 days, never gets tired? Unlike us mortal beings who get weary from a normal day (work, school, parenting, chores, cooking, etc.), God doesn't even pant after looking after billions of people!

We may faint and become weary with exhaustion--mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually--but we serve an eternal, loving God who never does. Just like we feed off the energies of those around us, we must take our weary souls elsewhere, isolate ourselves, come near God and feed off of His revitalizing presence. It is He who can refill us. He is our source of strength. We lay our burdens on Him and He will lift our souls. Rest in Him and He will renew your strength. 

"...His understanding is unserchable..."
The knowledge of God is so vast, so deep, so lofty that we cannot comprehend it with our mortal minds. His love for us is the same way. It runs so deep and so wide that we cannot begin to make sense out of it. All we can to is praise Him for this gorgeous love and let it consume us.

No one can fully fathom His ways, how He works. We may not always know why God does what He does or how He does it, but that is one of the many things that makes Him so wonderful; He fills us with wonder, He keeps us wondering. Because we are not meant to fully understand God's ways, we call some some things "miracles," because miracles cannot be explained. They just are. Sometimes the most beautiful things in life cannot be instead, we can just marvel at them.

God is marvelous...