#38 Our Unknown God

A long time ago a man named Paul ran across an altar that some very religious people had built to the “unknown” God. These idol worshipers had plenty of their own gods whose names they were familiar with, but unfortunately they were completely unaware of the one true God.

[Acts 17:23] For as I walked around and examined your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:


Therefore what you worship as something unknown, I now proclaim to you. BSB

The God of the Bible is the Creator of the universe and his character is revealed throughout the Bible. It seems like kind of a shame how Bible illiteracy has increased in so many regions of our world even though the Bible is now available in more languages than ever before. Some really good news is that many of these translations are available for free.

One rather easy and big part of the solution to learning what the Bible teaches is simple, become familiar with its contents. Investing a few minutes a day reading the Bible is enough time for the average reader to get through it in a lot shorter period than a person might assume.

A lot of people don't have an accurate understanding of the God of the Bible because they aren't really familiar with much of what the Bible actually teaches. There are many who have formed an opinion on what God must be like based on their own preconceived notions. So much of what we think must be true is not an accurate picture.

Another common contributor to why we have formed an incorrect understanding of God is because it was heavily influenced by how the church they we grew up in portrays the Lord.

God is love and nothing else or our God is an angry God who is trying to catch us doing something wrong so he can punish us are both unbalanced pictures of God.

A wrong understanding of the character of God can end up with a person becoming disappointed in God. So let's look at a few verses to remind us and/or teach us something about God's character.

[Genesis 1:1] In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

[Numbers 23:19] God is not a man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?

[Psalm 18:30] As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

[Romans 5:8] But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

[2 Peter 3:9] The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

[Deuteronomy 4:23-24] 23Be careful that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He made with you; do not make an idol for yourselves in the form of anything He has forbidden you. 24For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. BSB

Unlike humans God is totally honest, is never fickle, and has never made a promise he did not keep. God keeps his promises when we do our part.

God's way of doing things are way better than man's methods and God only provides solutions that work.

God loves us even though sometimes we have stinky attitudes and do many other things he could never bless.

Not once has God showed up late even though sometimes it seems like he did.

God is super patient, but since he is also a just God he cannot let unforgiven sin go unpunished forever. One of the things high on the list of things God really hates are idols. Idols are those things, people, devices, and activities that are more important to us than God is.

Thankfully a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ is something each of us is offered so that we have a way of appearing righteous before the God of heaven.

A fickle person

A person who is forever changing their mind what they are going to do, about what is right,....

A preconceived notion

An opinion formed about something or someone without adequate evidence.