“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” – Romans 1:16
LIGHT FOR NOW: If you are not looking at Jesus, you will be in error of God’s character.
It is clear in the course of these studies in previous days that the understanding of God’s character will be birthed by your understanding of Jesus. This is because Jesus gives expression to God. In what Jesus does and does not do, we can know what God cannot do. The assumption of the character of God in the Old Testament has been corrected by Jesus who is the expression of God in time or matter of the New Testament. Thus, to have a perfect view of God, we cannot look at Elijah or rely on the prophets of the Old Testament. God’s character has been revealed in Christ, hence to understand God’s character, we are to look at Christ who is the exclusive custodian of God. Jesus reveals God to us. Never let your revelation of God to be formed on assumption but on Christ Jesus who reveals God to us. Never assume what God does, look at what Jesus does and then know what God does. John 9:1-6 is another clear example of what the disciples assumed that God does which however Jesus’ words corrected such impression they had, it reads “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth. And his disciples asked him saying, Master who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day. The night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clear of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay”.
From the words of the disciples in this account, you could see that they implied that the man’s sickness was God’s punishment for his sin. So, from their words, you could see that they (the Jews) believed that it is sin against God that is responsible for people being sick or diseased. You could see that Jesus’ words draws a dichotomy between what God does and what they assumed that He does. Jesus said ‘neither have this man sinned…but that the works for God may be made manifest in him’ and in context the works of God to be made manifest in the blind man is not the blindness, but rather his healing. That is why, Jesus said ‘ I must work the works of him that sent me’ in verse 4 and subsequently healed the blind man in verse 6. Thus, Jesus here again explained the character of God for us by what He did; He exonerates God from sickness and lets us see that God’s involvement in sickness is our healing. They assumed that sickness is from God because of sin, Jesus in correcting them lets us see that sickness is not an act of God, rather the act of God where sicknesses, diseases are concerned is healing. He is the healer; He does not use sickness to teach a lesson because sickness is darkness and our God who is light is the healer. Sickness is darkness, it is an operation of the devil but God’s character where sickness is concerned is healing. He does not make man sick for any reason, He is not trying to prove a point to anyone; our God is the healer. No wonder David in prophecy said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:2). He is a good God; a God who is consistent in His dispositions. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Never be unstable about God’s character. He is consistent and that fact will never change.
PRAYER: I declare that I am not double minded about God’s character. I know God in Christ and I know He is gracious to me and He will never change, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Your absolute reliance on God will be birthed on your understanding of His consistent character that has never changed throughout the ages.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ACTS CHAPTER 12; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14