How well do you know your God?
Terry Dashner……………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
First impressions are important. Men and women alike place much emphasis on making a good first impression to a potential employer, a possible relationship, a business contact, and etc.
Consider difference between knowing a person on first impression and knowing a person through years of experience. Some people build their success on their ability to make a good first impression—the smile, face, curly hair, interesting mannerisms. Yet when they are known through many experiences, their inherent superficiality or mediocrity may become known. On contrary, a person whose first impression is very unassuming may show through years that he is a very remarkable human being.
Now let me carry this further. How well do you know your God? God does not prove Himself to exist on basis of a first impression or on basis of an apparently airtight logical argument. Through many experiences, Israel would really come to know Lord. Through many divine revelations, many divine providences, many divine miracles, many theophanies Israel would arrive at an immovable conviction of reality of God as living Lord.
As a matter of fact, Bible declares God to be a living God. What does this mean? Listen again to words of Professor Ramm, “The real issue in Old Testament was which of all competing gods was living Lord, The word living was used to indicate that God does make a difference. A god who is not living can make no difference; but a living God does make a difference. For this reason, logically ordered proof for God’s existence doesn’t exist in Old Testament.
“The prophets set up certain differentia which would enable a person in doubt or confusion to determine which among gods was living God. The God who complied with such differentia was living God, and god or gods who couldn’t were not gods at all. Therefore emphasis is on living God, for living God can make a difference; a dead god cannot.”