Who is God?
Reading the Scriptures with God in mind.
Who is God?
He curses the one who tempts us.
He bruises the head of our adversary.
He also multiplies pain to the disobedient.
Yet, He is the God who responds to our rebellion
with a plan of redemption.
In the end, He covers our nakedness.
Genesis 3: 14,15
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Father, You are my delight and desire. I receive your covering and marvel that you respond to my rebellion with redemption.
Who is God?
He is the God whose breath and voice create,
and He walks with us in the cool of the day.
He is the God who calls to us,
even when we are hiding from Him.
When He asks a question, He already knows the answer.
He allows us to hear the sound of His approach.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” (ESV)
Father, I wonder what it sounded like to hear your footsteps so close by, and for the first time be afraid? Forgive me for any deception that I have cherished. My disobedience is painful and I turn my gaze to you. I listen for the sound of You.
Who is God?
He gives us the choice of listening to what others say about Him,
or what He has already spoken about Himself.
He is our delight, our desire, our wisdom,
and knows that where we gaze,
is the door to believing.
Can someone, or something other than God Himself
satisfy our desires?
Or make us wise?
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” (6) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (ESV)
Father, I choose to believe what You have already spoken. Show me Oh God any place where I am listening or looking that is displeasing to you. Only in You do I discover delight, wisdom and wonder.
He creates wonders for us to behold,
but the greater wonder is that all of this is His dwelling place.
He is the God who finishes His work,
who wonderfully does all things well.
He demonstrates and blesses rest.
His breath brings dust to life.
He alone is the source of life,
and the keeper
of the knowledge of good and evil.
He bestows the gift of work,
the joy of keeping His creation.
His commands and consequences are given together
because they go together.
Even as we sleep,
He is at work blessing and completing us.
Genesis 2:1-3 (ESV) The Seventh Day, God Rests
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
In Light of Who You Are...
I wonder at your dwelling place.
You do all things well.
Thank you for breathing life into this dust.
Thank you for the gift of work
and the holy place of rest.
I love your commands and consequences
because I love You.
As I work,
as I rest,
bless and complete me, Oh God.