Character Revelation

I haven’t posted much on here lately because I haven’t really had the time to sit down and write any epic blog-worthy posts. Instead, I’ve been spending my time journaling random thoughts from Bible study. I think I will start posting those though, because while they’re a different category entirely, they’re pretty cool too. Plus, this gives me a nice place to corral them all with their little tags since my journal of everyday life becomes pretty difficult to navigate when looking for something specific.

So with that intro, here’s a Bible study tip of the day for you: my pet name for it is character revelation. When you see it in my categories and tags, it’s just an indication of what kind of exposition the post will reflect.

Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” If you know who God is — and I mean really, truly know Him — you will never have a reason to doubt his faithfulness. Even Paul said in 2nd Timothy 1:12, “I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.” He didn’t just believe in God — he knew Him. With an accurate understanding of God’s character, trust naturally follows. But how can we really know God? Obviously we will never see Him perfectly in this world. But through Scripture He has revealed different aspects of His character — hence the term “character revelation.” They’re easy to miss when you’re just skimming the text to get in your daily Bible reading (which is always a terrible idea, btw), but when you’re truly seeking the Father’s heart, you will find that Scripture pretty much explodes with information about the nature of God.

A really cool way to start your journey of knowing God is to journal everything He shows you about Himself while you’re reading. The Gospels are a fun place to start getting to know Jesus and how He interacted with people, but the cool thing about character revelation is that it’s everywhere. You can start in whatever book of the Bible you’re currently studying, or if you’re like me and you sometimes flip open to a random chapter, you can work with that too.

There are two basic things you’ll want to take note of: 1) who He is, and 2) what He does. Write down and reflect on what it means, what connotations accompany the metaphors, and how it is relevant to you — how it speaks to you personally, and how it shows you that you can trust Him. For example, here’s a simple and familiar one. 1st John 1:5 “God is light.” What does that mean? Light dispels the mystery of darkness and shows us things as they really are — it is associated with warmth, comfort, and familiarity. God has nothing to hide, and hides nothing from us. Everything about Him is truth and transparency. So there’s your first little nugget of character revelation showing you that you’re safe in trusting God.

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