As we start out this year being the salt and light of the world, God is launching us into a new message series. This new series is entitled, “I AM.” In this series, we’re going to study who God says that He is. We will then be challenged to go out and be the salt and light of the world in that same way. Or, as John wrote:
1 John 4:17
Unfortunately, our view of who God is can become easily distorted. Even when God came in the flesh and you could walk up and talk with Him and observe Him with the five natural senses, there was confusion about who God was.
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,“Who do people say I am?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
2 Samuel 22:26-27; Psalm 18:25-26
To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
Sometimes we see God a certain way not because that is how He truly is, but because that is how we are. Think about how God must have been perceived by Pharaoh in the days of Moses or the people of Jericho or of the other cities that Israel obliterated as they inherited their promised land. They wouldn’t likely describe Him as the good and faithful God of all compassion and mercy, which is how He describes Himself!