As followers of God, grateful for all that he has accomplished on our behalf, one of the defining qualities that is to characterize us is our love for God. Simply put, we are to love God with everything we’ve got. From our possessions, to our vocations, to our relationships – all that we are and do is to be an expression our grateful love to God. Jesus said it this way, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).
What can you tell a God in prayer who already knows everything? The answer is … anything! When we come to God in prayer, He already knows our weaknesses, our sins, and our failures. He knows our hidden secrets, our inconsistencies, our wants and our needs. He knows everything … and He still loves us! The fact that God knows everything doesn’t diminish the value of prayer, it heightens it. We can draw near to Him with absolute confidence that he accepts and loves us because He already knows everything!
When we meditate on something, we ponder it. To meditate on God’s Word is to think deeply about it, to mull on it in our minds, and bring it to our awareness throughout the day. As all the events of the Christmas story unfolded we are told “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Today, I encourage you to take the time to think deeply about God’s truth. Allow God to meet you there and minister to your spirit.
God is omnipotent (all powerful). He can accomplish and fulfill all His Holy will. Imagine if a righteous, loving and just God could not accomplish all that He wanted to do. God can do everything He has revealed, everything He has declared, and everything He has promised. We can celebrate the omnipotence of God!
God intensely hates all sin. Because He is holy and just and loves all that is right and good, it should not surprise that He hates everything that is opposed to His moral purity. All of mankind has violated God’s holiness. Only those who accept, by faith, His provision for forgiveness of sin through Jesus will escape God’s holy wrath.
When we think of jealousy, we think of someone being selfishly jealous for their own benefit. God’s jealousy is an expression of love because He knows that exclusive devotion and dependance upon Him is in our best interest. He alone deserves all honor and glory.
Our lives can be filled with confusion and disorder. We can experience unsettled turbulence in our marriage, our family and at work. Society is increasingly being torn apart by hostility and anger. What is needed in our hearts, homes and cities is peace. The source of the peace we need is God himself.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 For. 14:33). “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
God’s holiness makes him completely distinct and unique. Holiness is not only moral purity, it is a word used to describe all of the perfections of God that make Him uniquely who He is – the Lord God of heaven and earth. Th prophet Isaiah had a vision in which he saw angelic being surrounding the throne of God. They were declaring to one another, ““Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:3). The holiness of God should move us to humble adoration and worship.
If you know the living God then you know that whatever you are facing today is not the end of the story. As you walk through difficult days I encourage you to allow God’s truth to minister deeply to your soul. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
In the midst of our pain it is easy to feel as though God is distant or that He doesn’t care. Nothing could be further from the truth. Psalm 34:18 declares, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 46:1 reminds us that our “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Whatever your need today, let’s draw near to God in prayer.