Friday, January 31, 2014

It's a God Thing

"It's a God thing," many people will say when something unusual or unexpectedly good happens in their life. It is an attempt, sometimes sincere, to acknowledge that God has something or other to do with the events of our lives, especially when those events are beyond our knowledge or control. It may be a step up from "It's my lucky day."

But if my experience is any guide, the expression "It's a God thing" typically comes from the lips of those who have very little, if any, acquaintance with true God. The expression itself is perfectly ignorant, void of defining content, and capable of being filled with any "god" or "thing" that you wish. It is sometimes used to prevent any further inquiry into the subject, as if being a "god thing" means that it is beyond the realm of our knowledge and it wouldn't do any good to ask questions anyway.

But beyond this, the expression seems to be used in conjunction with a persistent belief that God's presence is manifested most clearly in unusual or unexpected events. If something really unusual happened, then God must be in it. The divine has just touched our lives personally. It gives us goosebumps just thinking about it. But more seriously, we begin to place a great deal of weight on these kinds of experiences, as if they gave us a true knowledge of God. We begin to feel that we must have a good relationship with God if we experience a number of these "god things."

There is just one small problem with these "god things." God never said that he would bring you to know him that way. It is true that throughout history God has done wonderful works, works that make us wonder in amazement. But these things have no power to bring us to the true knowledge of God, for they do not deal with what separates us from God.

In order to come to the joy of knowing the true God, you need to know him as he has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. The God-man Jesus, who actually,historically lived a sinless life, died as a substitute for sinners, and rose from the dead, is the bedrock for knowing the true God. Furthermore, the knowledge of Jesus comes to us through the writings of apostles who were eye-witnesses of his majesty. In short, you need the Bible if you are to have the full joy of having fellowship with the true God.

Forget your "god things," and rest in the Word of God. Join us this Lord's Day as we consider having fellowship with God through his Word.

Songs
O Father, Thou Whose Love Profound (29)
Psalm 119f
How Firm a Foundation (610)
The Name High Over All (31)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 15:21; Psalm 32
New Testament: John 2:13-25

Sermon
Knowing God through His Word - 1 John 1:1-4

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