God, The Great Communicator, October 15, 2021

I have been doing a study on God’s Word in the Bible.  I began what I thought was going to be reading through the book of John.  But I was held captive by the first two verses of chapter 1, where it says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was with God.”  And “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” 

I saw that time began with a Word – The Word. That the Word was both Jesus and God.  I was riveted to the fact that God is a communicator – because that’s what words are – communication.  That God would go to great extremes to do exactly that – communicate.  In other places in Scripture, we read that Jesus is “the express image of God.”  Came to give us a visual illustration of Him. In other words, Jesus came to be the verbal and illustrative communicator of who God is and what He’s like.  I was stunned by the concept that the Bible says He is communication personified. 

My family knows me to be someone who absolutely CRAVES words.  I thirst for them.  To discover that Jesus is literally the essence of what I crave was HUGE.  I’ve often felt so embarrassed for being so turned on to communication.  Now I find out that God is not ashamed to be a communicator – so longs to make Himself known that He came to become one of us so we could clearly understand Him!  That’s saying that He’s not ashamed to identify with me.  That is beyond awesome! 

So, I began to research what Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament have to say about God’s communication.  I was floored by just how badly the Creator of the universe wants to dialogue with us earthlings – His creatures.  Who would have ever thought of that possibility?  In the Bible – and in Creation – He does not hold back on expressing so profoundly exactly what’s on His mind – on so many levels.  His accuracy and His creativity are magnificent. 

Allow me to pass along some of my discoveries in Scripture:  In Psalm 17:4, He says that by His Word, we avoid the ways of the violent.  Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young man maintain purity? By guarding it according to the instructions of what God says.”  And verse 28 says, “Strengthen me to live righteously as your Word tells me you will.”  Finally, in verse 58 we read, “Your Word lets me know You will be gracious to me.”  Those are just a very few points God makes about His communication with us humans.  I am astonished at how interactive God wants to be!  He’s incredibly interested in relationships.  I want to know this communicative God so much better!  

The Bible says we are made in God’s image.  I am dumbfounded by the fact that this desperate need I have to communicate is a deep reflection of Him who created me.  I did not realize that until I began to reflect on John’s words this morning.  In other words, what is there in my personality to be ashamed of?  I am the spitting image of my Father – the God of this universe!