If we grew up on the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, it’s hard to imagine an ice cream sundae.  If we grew up in Georgia, it’s hard to imagine 50 different types of snow and ice.  And if we never experienced the love of a good and wise earthly father, it is hard to believe God the Father can be like that.

But the fact that it’s hard to imagine does not mean God the Father is not loving, good and wise.

But how can we know Him better?  How can we experience His love more?

Scripture tells us many ways…

Scripture

We can know God through creation (Rom 1:20, Psalm 19:1-4).  His goodness & power are evident in all of the myriad blessings we take for granted each day.  Think of something as simple as the fact that a banana, an apple, and an orange are just the right size for our hands.  They even come with organic “wrappers” that keep them clean and moist until the right time.

We can know Him through scripture (Heb 1:1)

We can know Him primarily through His Son (Heb 1:2-3).  Christ is at the Father’s side, and has made Him known (John 1:18).

We can also know Him through personal experience; this is one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14-16, Gal 4:6).  A song we sing talks about this means of knowing God…

“Good, Good Father”

“I’ve heard a thousand stories” (many people give their opinions on God)

“You tell me that You’re pleased” (John 17:23)

“You’re a good, good Father… it’s who You are” (Psalm 100:5)

“And I’m loved by You… it’s who I am” (1 John 3:1)

“You know just what we need before we say a word” (Matt 6:8, 32)

“As You call me deeper still” (John 17:3)

How about you?

Have you ever placed your faith in Christ as the only payment for your sin?  This is how we become a child of God (John 1:12).  What is preventing you from taking that step?  You could express it in a prayer right now.

If you’ve already placed your faith in Christ, what is preventing you from drawing near to God your Father with more abandon?  What do you think He feels when He thinks of you?  How does your answer to that question compare to scripture?  How could you express your desire for and trust in Him in a prayer?

For further reading

When someone puts their faith in Christ, God could just pardon them.  But He goes so much further… He adopts them!  If you want to dig deeper into this reality, click here to go to reformari.org and see how the Westminster Standards summarize scripture about it.