To my dismay and embarrassment, I find it at times too easy to make assumptions long before I have enough facts. Anyone with me?
In 10th grade, we were required to take “Speech” for English Credit toward graduation. The teacher was amazing, and I learned a lot; but I saw her as strict, cold, and indifferent. I also assumed her to be that way in all walks of life. In 11th grade, I took her drama course and loved it. I began to like her better as a teacher, but still saw her personally as someone I wouldn’t hang out with.
During that time, I joined the local Youth For Christ chapter which met in her classroom weekly, as she was the school sponsor. Somewhere between 11th and 12th grade, I learned that she was married and going to have her first baby. Our Youth for Christ Chapter decided to have a baby shower for her, and I offered to help host it. Because of this, I was in contact with her as we made the arrangements. Through this contact, I began to know her outside of the classroom. Surprisingly, she was pleasant, warm, and endearing.
I doubt that she changed much, but I was. I began to see more than her exterior, and through more than my assumptions. I began to learn her heart.
The Bible says, “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)
I do this with more than people; I do this with God. When I’m struggling, it’s the most likely time to view God with unclear focus. I hate to suffer. I hate to feel out of control. I assume he should see and think the way I do, if he truly loves me.
God sees and acts through the lens of his character and through his knowledge of eternity.
I can never do that. He’s God. I’m not.
I so long for those I’m meeting to see God’s true character. I’ve often shared in these pages of his relentless love and powerful ability toward us. Yet if that isn’t your experience, you may wonder why. It isn’t because he loves me more. Maybe it’s because you see him as you or those around you see yourselves. Maybe it’s because you are the one choosing to be distant.
We won’t turn to someone we don’t trust.
I can’t change your mind, but I can present the truth. So, over the next couple of weeks, during our time together, I’m going to share Who God Is, from his perspective – from his own words. God actually has a lot to say about himself.
Listen to his personal testimony. Then, I challenge you to ask him to show you if what he says is true. He loves it when we ask, if we do it with pure intentions to really know the truth. Our questions don’t bother him, nor do they frighten him.
I may also, along the way, share the testimonies of others who have discovered him to be true and worth following.
We will only turn and follow the One who has our best intentions in mind.
Who do you turn to? Why?
Who do you trust? Why?
Please join me for the new series: “Who Can We Turn To?” Looking at “Who Is God?”
As always, I’d love your input and feedback! I’d be humbled to pray for you.
With love and prayers,