Welcome to the first episode of Exploring God (click this link for the audio).
Today, I want to give you the reason for this podcast.
The idea was conceived at a time of deep need. Feeling overwhelmed with the daily struggles, I needed to know that God is absolutely sovereign and supreme in all the pain and pleasures of life. That He truly reigns over both poverty and prosperity.
My struggles, though, are almost not worth mentioning in light of what most other people face. Furthermore, my context is in an overall prosperous country, not a third-world country stricken with poverty and disease.
Whatever our case, though, and I don’t say that lightly, there’s a vital need to know who God is, especially when we struggle with the issues of life and death. Think about it! Would it be a comfort if He didn’t rule and reign over everything? He would then be a pathetic God, right?
In that sense, the knowledge of God isn’t necessarily easy or pleasant to the human mind. By nature, we normally reject such an absolute sovereign God. If He’s sovereign, why is there so much pain and suffering? Can He not stop or prevent it? That’s a legitimate question that we have to face when we seek to know our Creator.
While my struggles were the initial reason for this podcast, there are many other reasons to pursue the knowledge of God. Ultimately, we’ve been created, “to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever,” as the Westminster Shorter Catechism states.
Without exaggeration, creation and history exist by and for God. He’s the greatest, daily, ultimate reality in this universe. Thus, we need to be utterly God-centered. That shouldn’t create any reluctance because our greatest enjoyment is found in knowing Him.
As we explore God, we do well to heed this warning: unless we embrace the Biblical revelation of who He is, we’ve created an idol, one after our own making, liking, or preference. We must try to be as faithful as possible to the Biblical text.
If certain truths don’t fit our understanding, we have to be careful not to dismiss them, especially in light of our own background and bias. Rather, we need to create new categories that will give place to these inspired verses and passages.
Also, we cannot just accept one Bible verse while rejecting another, especially when there may seem a contradiction or difficulty with its plain meaning. The Bible is God’s word and we should always approach it in order to adjust our own thinking.
We need to be aligned with His word, instead of seeking to adjust the Bible according to our own understanding, logic, and preference. Obviously, such alignment can only come through the Holy Spirit.
While contemplating God’s omnipresence and omniscience, David wrote: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it” (Ps. 139:6). Our finite mind cannot contain an infinite God.
Even eternity is insufficient to fully explore Him. In that sense, unless we’re deeply stunned with God Himself, we may not properly see, let alone understand Him. He certainly doesn’t fit within our human logic.
Thus, we need humility, asking God to help us understand His word. David prayed: “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation” (Ps. 25:5). He also prayed: “And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Ps. 139:25).
Left to ourselves, we’ll pursue grievous ways. Only God can lead us in “the way everlasting,” which is the way of genuinely, intimately, and rightly knowing Him.
Paul showed the intrinsic connection between the true knowledge of God and a life that’s pleasing to Him: “Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God” (1 Cor. 15:34). The true knowledge of God cannot but have a deep effect on how we live.
Ultimately, we exist to be stunned by and with God. That is the goal of this podcast.
I hope you will join me next time as we will start a series on His immeasurable grace. When you sign up for my blog, you will receive the transcripts of these episodes and also a free copy of my first book.
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