I am currently reading through the Bible chronologically. (If you have spent any amount of time with me since the middle of December, you probably already know this.) But as I am reading, I am challenging what I have thought about God, and what I believe to be true.
A couple weeks ago, I took the opportunity to write out what I believe about God. It was a good exercise for me, and I hope to do it multiple times throughout the year, and see how my unchanging God reveals Himself to me in changing ways.
God is the ultimate Creator, creating everything from nothing. Because of this ability to create, He can take my brokenness and make something beautiful out of it. He is sovereign and holy, but instead of being a harsh ruler and strict king, He is instead infinitely kind. In His kindness, He has sent us Jesus to take our place and die for us that we may live forever with Him and glorify His name always. God is the Holiest of holies, the Beginning...
I have a goal of reading one book per week this year, landing me with a total of 52 books read. So for January, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite books I read this month.
The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy
If you are a fan of pop culture, this is a book written for you. It goes through Knox’s journey of coming to his faith in Christ through the lens of pop culture. He also co-hosts a couple podcasts, my favorite being The Bible Binge which talks about stories in the Bible like they are an episode of a show on Netflix.
Learning to Speak God from Scratch by Jonathan Merritt
Being raised in the church and around church words, sometimes we lose the significance of the words we use on a regular basis. Jonathan talks about these words and sparks new thoughts on the words church culture uses regularly.
In His Image by Jen Wilkin
This book was a great look at who God created us to be, and what characteristics of His that we reflect back to him. The book...
Send your light and your truth; let them lead me.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain,
To your dwelling place.
Then I will come to the altar of God,
To God, my greatest joy.
Psalm 43:3-4a CSB
I long for this to be my prayer. That God would become my greatest joy, and that I would be led by God’s light and truth. So often in life I am led by other things:
Other people’s opinions
The desire for control
But I don’t want to be led by that - I want to be rooted and grounded in the light and truth of Jesus, my Lord. I want my mind to be renewed in this light and truth, and I want to be transformed and unstained.
God’s light and truth are constant. They do not waver. They do not change like the shifting shadows. They can be trusted. I can trust God.
When anxiety strikes, send your light and your truth.
When the world is against me, send your light and your truth.
When I am not sure what my next right step is, send...
In Genesis, we get this picture of God creating the world. And in the middle of that creation story, He creates man and woman. These two beings he created, He puts in the middle of the garden He creates for them. All is right in the world, they are naked and there is no shame.
Not long after this all happens, there is a serpent that comes and messes things up. He convinces the woman that was created that she should eat some fruit that her Creator and God has told her to not eat. She then gives this fruit to the man, and all of a sudden they realize their nakedness and are covered in shame.
God comes in and is walking through the garden and they hear Him. God has a couple of questions for these people He created. Question 1, “where are you?” God, the omniscient, all-knowing God, asks these finite human beings where they are. He knows. But He wants them to tell Him. He wants them to talk to Him.
The man responds back to God saying that he was afraid and naked so he hid....