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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Now We Know What God Is Like

In John 12:46 it says, “I have come as a Light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer wander in the darkness.” (TLB)

What am I confused about? Maybe today my mind feels muddled about my future, a relationship, finances, work, or health. Whatever is causing me confusion, I need to shine God’s light on it.

Jesus said, “I have come as a Light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer wander in the darkness” (John 12:46 TLB).

Even though I may not have all the answers or don’t fully understand what’s going on, God never meant for me to be in the dark about myself and my life. Most of all, he doesn’t want me to be in the dark about who he is. Jesus Christ came to earth to show us what God is really like.

I can’t relate to an impersonal force in the sky. That’s why God came to earth in human form—so I can understand what he’s like.

Why is that important? Because a lot of my fears and worries and problems are caused by being in the dark about who God is. But when I know what God is like, then I can learn to worry a lot less and as a result be less stressed.

When I don’t know what God’s like, I tend to avoid him. I’m more likely to be afraid of him. As a result, I don’t bring my problems to him and instead try to solve them myself. I can’t love and trust somebody I don’t know!

People often say, “My idea of God is . . .” That means they’re just guessing what God is like. But when it comes to knowing God, we don’t need guesses. We need the truth.

Jesus said in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” (TLB).

Because of Christmas, I have seen what God is like. I know the truth about who God is because Jesus came into the world the same way I did: by being born.

There are some things about God I would never know unless he became a human. How do I know that God is loving or forgiving or eternal? Because Jesus told us, and he showed us by the way he lived his life.

I don’t have to live in the dark anymore. Jesus came at Christmas to shine a light into every part of my life so I can live in freedom, clarity, and joy.

In summary, we often wonder what God is like. How can we know the Creator when he doesn't make himself visible? Jesus said plainly that those who see him see God, because he is God. If we want to know what God is like, study the person and words of Jesus Christ.