2 Timothy 3
We remind ourselves often to root our identity in Christ, to remain near to Him, and to obey Him. But foundational to truly living out any of these things is knowing and believing God.
Without a solid view of WHO GOD IS, you won’t put much stock in who He says you are, and you won’t be able to muster up enough faith to believe what He says He can do.
A.W. Tozer says, “What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” It shapes your worldview, which shapes the subsequent decisions you make in all areas of your life.
There is a difference in knowing about God is — facts about Him; believing that He exists — and believing IN Him. Putting your faith and trust in Him as your Lord and Savior. You can believe your cell phone is a real thing that performs all of these useful functions, but you don’t believe it will save you.
Paul tells Timothy there are those who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 7). You can only go through the motions so long for something you don’t genuinely believe deep in your soul. Without a firm footing, you will fall away easily when challenged. And the world is full of attempts to challenge your beliefs.
Your view of God impacts your response to God. But we often spend so much time working on the response side -- trying to be good, going to church, trying to obey His commands– rather than grounding ourselves in who God is to us.
Don’t get me wrong, the response matters for sure. They are all good things. But what is your why? Why do you do these things? Is it because you don’t want to disappoint your family? Is it because you are afraid of hell? Is it because it is just what people tell you to do?
The why matters. It is far more valuable to focus on who God is than what you can or should be doing for Him. Because once your view of Him is right, the rest will follow. It doesn’t mean you know everything about Him or understand everything. No one does or will on this side of Heaven. He is far too big for our simple understanding. But it does mean you believe IN HIM, and you believe HIM.
Do you have a BIG view of God…that He is powerful, holy, good, in control, able, mighty, consistent, righteous, merciful, loving?
Do you believe He is who He says? That He keeps His promises? That He can do what He says He will do? Do you believe God created you and has good plans in store for you?
Do you believe that God is big enough to guide you, handle your burdens, forgive your sins, give you peace, have your good in mind, care about you?
WHATEVER is going on in your life, God is big enough- do you believe this?
Do you believe the Bible is His word to us; that it is true? In this portion of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:16-17).
Proactively make efforts to put yourself in places where you can see and experience His glory and power. As one of the college girls I surveyed for my new book + Bible study advises, “Chase after God!”
If you need a reminder, click on the button below for WHO GOD IS Scripture verses. Take time to read them and reflect on His character. Ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding. He wants nothing more than for you to personally KNOW HIM.
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