Bethany's BlogWords of Encouragement

"Come now, and let us reason together" says the Lord, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."

Isaiah 1:18

Are you curious about God? Do you ever go before Him and ask questions because you want to know who He is? Maybe, if you grew up like me, questions about God were considered a no-no. Just accept what you're told and deal with! But, I've never been one to do that, I want to know what He's up to. I want to be in such a deep intimate relationship with Him that we can reason together.  "Come now, and let us reason together." He says.

Have you ever asked Him why the Israelites exterminated an entire population?  Or, why He allows Himself to be protrayed as such a violent God in the Old Testament? Or, here's one, Why does His Word say that women should be silent in church? Is he talking about women today? What's up with that, anyway? Do you spend long hours just asking Him what He's thinking? How he feels? What's next in this life?

What about all those Old Testament laws, how did they keep up? As Christians we think of some of them as timeless, others not so much---Why?  Let's factor in the men that wrote holy scripture, was their mind-set timeless? Or, were they writing from an ancient mind-set? Did they embellish their stories, or is it all factual? Were they limited by their own time and place? 

The Bible is active and living; it transforms a person when they read it. It speaks of past and future. It's full of amazing stories. When we read it, we interpret it. It is presented to us by several perspectives, just look at the four Gospels. Wonderful stories, a lot of dialogue, many important details, different perspectives.

I'm very curious about God. As I look at Jesus, who reveals the true identity of God, I am able to get an outline of who God is, but there are a lot of conflicting stories on that too. So, for me, I come to Him and reason with Him. I want to know Him personnally, to have a transformed mind-set everyday that feels safe and bold to reason with Him about all things. I want to be so curious about Him that I die to myself and thrive in Him. 

In the end, curiousity surely will kill me, and shine light on Him!

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