People are interested in the lives of film stars and other important people.
They follow them on Twitter and Facebook, read articles in magazines and watch films and TV programs in which they appear. So why does God not appear to people today, so that they know He is alive and well? Why can we not see Him regularly as individuals, or in cities, provinces, countries, and continents? Why is God invisible?
There was a time when God did appear visibly on earth in His Son, Jesus, but He has a reason why He does not show up time and again to prove His existence. To follow God, we need to know who He is, what His standards are, how He wants us to live and why. So He talks to us in a book that is the same for all people everywhere. It is a very special book, because the Holy Spirit who inspired it, knows God through and through.1
We need the Holy Spirit to guide us when we read and study the Bible, because it is not like a textbook. It is ‘scrambled.’ The information on a topic is not all in one place. It is scattered throughout the 66 books. The Bible works a bit like Google and other search engines. You discover a rich new life when you search for God and His ways in His ‘search engine,’ the Bible. Blessed are they who … seek Him with all their heart.2
There is another benefit when you get knowledge of God through the Bible. We live in an imperfect world of evil, crime and murders. God helps us to understand things that happen in our lives which are sometimes baffling. We need knowledge about God’s ways: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.3
God is invisible, but all people across the globe can ‘see’ Him in His book, illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Since the Bible reveals God, it has many layers of insight and complexity, so we will never be bored studying it. There is always something new, and people thrive on new ‘stuff.’
The Bible has 66 books, all designed to encourage us to understand different aspects of God’s character.
God wants to know if we will remain loyal to Him, even if He is not visible now. David gave this advice to his son Solomon, …acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you….4
People who are interested in God, will read what He has to say, ask questions and investigate Scripture to learn more about Him and His way of doing things. They will invest in the Kingdom of God by studying the ‘Prospectus,’ to know what the CEO is like.
Question: Is it possible to know and understand God if you don’t study Scripture?
- 1 Corinthians 2:10-11
- Psalm 119:2
- 2 Peter 1:2
- 1 Chronicles 28:9