Have you ever had to ask someone you’ve previously met to repeat their name once more because it had been a while since you last spoke with them? I know I have.
In a similar situation, I often have to remind myself who God is too. I’ve met Him before, even multiple times, and yet I forget the greatness His name carries. The name God or Yah-Weh isn’t only for identifying who or what we are talking about. It is a description as well. The name carries power. It let’s us know this is a being of high importance we are talking about. And frankly, I sometimes forget what a mighty name it is.
As the faulty humans that we are, we tend to misunderstand God when we don’t know Him on a personal level. We confuse His caring sternness for meanness, and His purposeful pauses for carelessness.
Why? Because we’ve failed to spend the time getting to know Him! We’ve often neglected to study Him and learn about His heart and therefore we don’t truly know Him. He gives everything we should know and that He wanted to reveal about Himself through Jesus and in the Bible, but we don’t take the time to study it or talk one-on-one with Him.
Making this error has lead me to misread Him many times in the past. I would make Him out to be more brash and heartless than he actually is. I assumed he’d react the way other people in society would react to me; with harsh criticism. But God is greater than that. He is more gentle, more forgiving, and more fair than any human could be. I urge you, do not believe what society and non-believers want you to think about God, because they too are misguided. Do your own research. Read the Bible to see the difference of what the secular world says versus who He really is. He will reveal Himself to you.
Simple ways to begin to study God’s character: