Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Two Great Truths About the God Who Speaks

"God is Light....God is Love" (1 John 1:5, and 4:8).

Towering above all the other truly amazing things we learn in the Bible about the Vocabulary of the Kingdom, there are two great truths about the God who speaks. Simply stated, they are 1) God is Light, and 2) God is Love.

Don’t be too quick to dismiss this as simplistic and trite – for in these two declarations we have supplied to us the full width, depth, height, length, and breadth of WHO God is. Everything else we are to discover about Him flows from these two indispensable truths. God is Light, and God is Love.

Let’s go back to the beginning where we hear the first words God ever spoke -- “Let there be light!” (Genesis 1:3). The very first thing we are told in the Bible about God is that He speaks. And when He speaks, the LIGHT prevails over darkness. LIGHT, by its very nature and presence, reveals things as they truly are. While there is much that can remain hidden in the darkness, there is nothing that can hide in the light.

“There is nothing that can be hid from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves” (Heb 4:13, Good News Bible).

While some shudder at the thought of accountability to a perfect God, for those who have tasted and seen that the Lord is good -- this coming Day is not dreadful at all, but filled with great hope and eager expectations. Why? Because God, who is Light – is also LOVE.

John the Beloved tells us himself: “Now the message that we have heard from his Son and announce is this: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in him. If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. But if we live in the light---just as he is in the light---then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin” (1Jn 1:5-7, GNB). He then goes on to say, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1Jn 4:8).

Here, then is what we know. God is Light, and light reveals. Therefore, God reveals Himself to anyone who will look. Also, God is Love, and love communicates in every way. Therefore, God communicates to anyone who will listen to what He says.

If we will look and listen, then we will discover that everyday is filled with opportunities to have a conversation with the God who speaks; the God who is Light and Love.

Why not take some time today to intentionally look and listen for what the God who speaks might have to say to you?

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