Getting to Know God

Day 1 of 3 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Day 1


Did you know that the most important thing about YOU is what you believe about God? Not just believing in Him, but what you believe He is actually like—His nature—His heartbeat—His attitude toward you. We can’t accurately understand the Bible OR life, without understanding God’s nature. God's nature is the lens from which everything will be understood in the Bible and in life.


You see, our view of God will shape every area of our life.



  • It will shape our perspective—how we look at things.

  • It will shape our expectations—what we expect.

  • It will shape our emotions—how we feel.

  • It will shape our reactions—how we respond to things.

  • It will shape our decisions—what we choose.

  • It will shape our prayer—whether we pray and how we pray—with uncertainty or with expectation.


The distorted view of an angry God will eventually make you angry.


The accurate view of a good God will encourage you and strengthen you.


David said, “I would have despaired, (been dismayed, discouraged, and given up) UNLESS I believed that I would see the GOODNESS of God in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).


Do you see how this view of God shaped what David believed and expected? Even though everyone had forsaken him and he was surrounded by enemies, His correct view of God shaped his expectation and his decision to keep going. 


We all believe God is good. But did you know He’s ALWAYS doing you good? Psalm 119:68 says, “You are good, and you DO good . . .” Psalm 23:6 says His “goodness and mercy will follow me ALL the days of my life.”


It's vital that we understand God is ALWAYS the same—yesterday, today, and forever. When we think, “sometimes He’s blessing me, but sometimes He’s not,” we become unstable in our lives and expectations. God is consistently good. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not FREELY GIVE us all things” (Romans 8:32).


The greatest theology you could ever have is this: God is love. (1 John 4:8)


And love does NO wrong to its neighbor (or to His children)! (Romans 13:10)


God will NEVER do you wrong. He will always do you good! Expect. Expect. Expect!