Read stories from listeners of TWR Women of Hope.
Jan31FriJanuary 31, 2020 by the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
Have you ever tried to put together a complicated product only to admit you need to use the instruction manual? Our lives are even more complicated. Thankfully, there is an instruction manual that teaches us how to successfully live a life that pleases our Father. God’s Word teaches us that “The fear of the Lord” – our reverence and respect for him – “is the beginning of knowledge.” In fact, the wisdom we need for our lives comes directly from the Lord himself, for “from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 1:7 and 2:6).
God is our teacher; his Word is our instruction manual and the goal is for us to become like him. Just as we see a strong family resemblance among siblings in a family, God wants each of us to spiritually grow to look like him, though we are uniquely made.
So what does God look like? Psalm 103:8-14 beautifully describes God as being compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and graciously removing our sins. He wants us to have these same qualities – loving others, having empathy and being merciful and forgiving.
How do we become like God? It is said that people begin to look like those with whom they spend the most time. So, spend time with God. As we pray, read the Scriptures and see the mighty works that God has done for his children, it forces us to realize that God has forgiven our sin, delivered us from death and blessed our lives repeatedly.
Throughout the Bible, God calls us to remember. As we reflect on his character and work, we must decide: What are we going to do with this knowledge? How will we react to God’s mercy and kindness toward us? For those who yield to God, it leads to faith and obedience that daily call out to him, “Father, make me like you.”