A kindergarten teacher was walking around her classroom, commenting on the pictures her students were drawing. As she came to the desk of one little girl who was working diligently, the teacher asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused, and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the little girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
How do we know what God looks like? That little girl’s drawing was probably a very good attempt. But none of us have ever seen God face to face. When Jesus Christ walked on this earth, he gave a glorious, perfect, in-the-flesh revelation of God. But none of us were alive to witness the Son of God with our own eyes.
The very best way we have to know about our God is the Bible. Want to know what he looks like? What’s important to him? How he feels about you? What God expects from you? What help he’s offering you? How patient he is? What God thinks about what’s going on in our American culture these days? What his plan is for your eternity? All of these answers, and so many more, are found in the Bible. Here at Hope, we view the Bible as our primary source for teaching topics, preaching themes, doctrinal positions, leadership guidance, financial priorities, and congregational life.
What about for you, as an individual Christian? It’s important for Christians like us to keep up with current events, be aware of modern philosophies and worldviews, monitor political happenings, and respond to cultural trends. But it’s vastly more important that we are aware of what God says about all of that. As baptized believers and children of God, our interpretations of current events, our understanding of modern philosophies and worldviews, our individual “spin” on political happenings, and our level of adherence to cultural trends all must reflect what God has to say. Again, the very best way you and I have to know about our God, and how he wants us to live, is the Bible.
You may recall the classic children’s song about the Bible, which says it so well.
Yes, that’s the book for me!
I stand alone on the Word of God,
Clinging to the Word with you,
Pastor Wayne Puls