How We Know God

Jesus' description of Himself is only one of the many ways in which God reveals Himself to us. And there are additional ways in which we may be led to a greater knowledge of Jesus and His plan for our lives.

Read the following scriptural references: Exodus 7:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 1:1-3.

We long to hear God speak to us. Although we don’t hear an audible voice, if we stop and listen, God is speaking: through nature, our consciences, Scripture, the prophets, and the life of Jesus.

Go outside and collect one nature object. This can be something simple such as a blade of grass, a flower, a leaf, a pebble, etc. Contemplate on how this one object speaks to you about what God is like. For example, “This flower tells me that God loves beautiful things,” or “This leaf tells me that God brings back something that dies each autumn.” Write about your thoughts in your prayer journal.

Can God be revealed to us when He can’t be seen or heard? Has ample evidence been supplied to us to know truly what our God is like?

Read Psalm 19:1-4 and Romans 1:18-20. How is God’s character revealed to us in these texts?

If the “heavens proclaim the glory of God,” then we know that our God is majestic. If the “skies proclaim the work of His hands,” we know that God is infinite in power and scope. If the night skies display knowledge, then we know that our God is intelligent and wise.

Since creation, the world has been able to see God’s power.

Read Genesis 42:18-23 and Matthew 27:3-5. What can these two stories teach us about God speaking to us through our conscience?

We shouldn’t wait until we’ve been found guilty to listen to our conscience. If we wait too long to listen, the wrong we’ve done can’t be undone. If we repeatedly refuse to listen, we may eventually become deaf to God’s voice. A guilty conscience without forgiveness can take away one’s will to live.

Read 2 Timothy 3:14-16. What claims regarding the revelation of God through Scripture are found here?

God inspired the entire Bible. We can’t pick and choose only those parts we agree with. The Scriptures we learned during our spiritual infancy are ever trustworthy. We need to continue in our learning. None of us has “arrived.” Scripture makes us wise so that we can discern the things God has to teach us. God loves us enough to show us the way to a whole life.

Read 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:3, 4.

Prophets are chosen by God, not self-appointed. In Scripture prophets are listed after apostles, so God must want us to listen to them. Prophets are meant to strengthen, encourage, and comfort. The life and ministry of Ellen G. White meet all the scriptural criteria of a prophet.*


* Adapted with permission from the iFollow Discipleship Resource, ©North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.