Looking for God

24th March, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

If the Bible is God’s story, why do we read the individual Bible stories as though God is in a supporting role while Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the other Bible  characters are depicted as heroes of the faith?

When we read about Noah and his ark, do we focus on Noah and his actions or do we see the awesomeness of a merciful God who decided to save corrupt mankind and then promised never to destroy the earth again with a flood? God even gave us a rainbow to remind us of His great mercy! When we read about Moses do we picture a fearless prophet who stands before the mighty Pharoah of Egypt and  then leads his people through the depths of the Red Sea? Or, do we remember that Moses ran away from Egypt in fear and hid forty years in the desert? Only by the grace of Yahweh could Moses confront Pharoah with the words, “Let My people go!”

God’s grace is the point of every Bible story. There are no Bible heroes, only sinful men and women who are transformed by the grace of God and do mighty things as they trust the power of God that works through them.

The Westminster Catechism defines God like this: “God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.” Because God is infinite, every one of His qualities are limitless – comprehensive wisdom, total power, radiant holiness, perfect justice, and absolute goodness and truth. He had no beginning and will never end, and throughout all history into eternity, nothing about Him will ever change. There is so much to know about God that we will never stop learning. So, in our study of Scripture, let’s not get distracted by the details of the story, as important as they are. Let’s read each Bible story with the question in our mind, “How is God revealing Himself to me in this situation?”

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