THE KNOWABLE GOD
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God,
but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
that we may follow all the words of this law.”
One of the distinctions made between the living God and idols is that idols “have mouths but cannot speak” (Ps. 115:5). The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on the other hand, is a God of revelation. He is a God who may be perceived. He is a God who instructs and leads His people. He is not a God who is aloof and hidden, but a God who interacts; He is a God who hears and who purposely seeks to be known.
Let’s think theologically for a moment . . . God is Almighty. Therefore, God can do whatever He pleases. That being the case, what if God chose to remain hidden? Would we be able to discover God, to know Him, to understand His ways? Surely not! The simple truth is that we know God because He has chosen to reveal himself. He has done this in a general way through the things he has made. As the psalmist says:“The heavens declare the glory of God.” Paul put it this way: “…since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities— his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Rom. 1:20). But God has revealed far more than His eternal power and His divine nature. Through His written Word He has also revealed His love – His heart – to us. He has shared His character, His grace and mercy, his righteousness and justice, His judgment and His way of salvation. How could we understand what God requires of us if God had not written His law, first on stone and on then on our hearts? And how could we comprehend the extent of His commitment to His people apart from Living Word and the spectacle of the cross?
We serve the God who sees. We worship the God who cares. We know the God who speaks to us every day through His Word and by His Spirit. To Him alone belongs all praise and glory!
Pastor Keith Andrews