I spent several days recently studying the book of Job.
I have to admit that I can’t get my brain around his story.
Many can relate to having some kind of loss and heartbreak but losing everything … family, possessions and financial security, and health all in a few short days.
Just thinking about it is overwhelming.
It’s easy to understand how Job could have a lot of “why me” questions?
When his friends showed up, they started out well by quietly sitting with him just letting him know they cared. But they fell short when it came to compassionate listening. Unfortunately, as Job started voicing his grief, his friends did what so many of us do…
They explained, or at least they tried to explain, the unexplainable.
We want to have answers for all of life’s problems, don’t we?
We want answers because we believe if we can explain it . . . we can fix it.
So like Job’s friends, we want to blame people for their own problems.
- They sinned.
- So they must deserve this suffering.
Oh, we may not say those things out loud … but I think we’ve all had times when we’ve allowed ourselves to think them because we want to believe if the suffering person did something to cause their problems we won’t experience those problems.
So regrettably, we can be guilty of self-righteously blaming the person when we’re trying to explain the unexplainable . . . simply because we’re basing our beliefs on the imperfect lens of our own perspective.
So, like Job’s friends, we fall short.
I don’t want to fall short. I want to know and trust the truth of who God is. When I talk about Him, I want to wisely share the truth of who He is. And that means I have to know and trust who He says He is.
I love the following quote from Hannah Whithall Smith:
“It is of vital importance for us to understand that the Bible is a statement, not of theories, but of actual facts; and that things are not true because they are in the Bible, but they are only in the Bible because they are true.”
So, I’m turning to the Bible and gathering verses that tell us who “God says He is…”
Verses that will Help You Know and Trust God
The Bible says…
God is not a man, so He does not lie. He is not human, so He does not change His mind. Numbers 23:19
The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:24
For the Lord your God is a merciful God… Deuteronomy 4:31a
The Lord your God is faithful; He keeps His promises of unfailing love. Deuteronomy 7:9
He is the Rock; His deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is! Deuteronomy 32:4
The eternal God is your refuge, and His everlasting arms are under you. Deuteronomy 33:27
The Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. Joshua 2:11
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. Psalm 18:30
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
For the Lord Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. Psalm 47:2
Our God is a God who saves and rescues us from death. Psalm 68:20
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness. Psalm 145:3
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule throughout all generations. The Lord always keeps His promises; He is gracious in all He does. Psalm 145:13
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving. Daniel 9:9
God is true. John 3:33
Since [God] did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Romans 8:32
God will generously provide all you need. 2 Corinthians 9:8
The Word of God is alive and powerful. Hebrews 4:12
God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything. 1 John 3:20
God is love. 1 John 4:8
God is who He says He is.
What an amazing gift God has given us in His Word.
When I want to KNOW and TRUST who God says He is, I need to…
- Personally and prayerfully read the Bible.
- Spend time with Him in quiet prayer
- Actively allow the Holy Spirit, through the Bible and prayer, to influence your beliefs and behaviors.
- Thank and praise Him for His love and forgiveness.
- Share His love and forgiveness with others.
Hannah W. Smith also wrote:
“I am so absolutely certain that coming to know Him as He really is will bring unfailing comfort and peace to every troubled heart….”
I’ve believed that Jesus is the Son of God and my personal Savior for as long as I can remember. In fact, I can’t remember ever not believing in Jesus. But trusting Him for my everyday needs. There I fell short on faith. I was too busy living with fear that I might some day experience some Job-like catastrophe.
But ten plus years ago, following a life crisis, I started doing the things listed above. I wanted to know and trust God every day. So, I needed to really know Him. Not just about Him. I needed to know and trust who He says He is. I wanted and needed to know His character and His heart.
And the blessing is that God used that simple desire to change me. Knowing who He says He is has given me peace. I no longer worry like I used to. I have hope. I am content. I believe God is with me today and will be with me into my eternal future, and I believe that in His presence “it is [always] well with my soul.”
Will you pray with me today as I ask God to help us know and trust who He says He is?
Father, please help me SEEK to know You every day. I want to know the TRUTH. I want to know who You say You are. Because Father, the enemy of this world (Matthew 13:39) and the father of lies (John 8:44) wants me to have a false worldly idea of who You are. Please stir my heart and mind to spend time with You studying Your Word and sitting with You in prayer. Please give me wisdom (James 1:5) and understanding (Psalm 119:34). And above all else, help me to trust Your love and Your desire to give me everything I need for whatever You allow. Help me trust Your promise . . . Since [God] did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? (Romans 8:32) Thank you, Lord. Your grace truly is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). It is well with my soul. Amen.
May you be blessed today and every day as you SEEK to know and trust God to be who He says He is.
May you and I be able to join Job in saying…
I had only heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes.Job 42:5
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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