Walking With The God Who Cares OLS — Week Three

How well do you know God?

And have you engaged in a quest to know Him more?

I like to think of life as the great adventure of knowing God.

Why? Because when I read the Bible I learn that God is most interested in an intimate relationship with us. He says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Those are powerful words for us.

This week, in our study of Walking with the God Who Cares, we looked at promises about who God is. In Day 13, I was especially identified with this statement related to knowing God —

It is imperative in our study of who God is that we see Him as He really is, not as we wish Him to be.
Catherine Martin in Walking With The God Who Cares

This statement inspires me to spend more time in my Bible discovering who God is so that I might know Him more. The more I know Him, the more I will trust Him (see Psalm 9:10). I especially loved drawing near to El Shaddai, the name of God that tells me He is all-sufficient, enough for anything I face today.

God is so much more than we know of Him right now. He is, of course, incomprehensible. However, He has revealed Himself to us. He wants to be known. But how much do we really know of Him? I am compelled more than ever to give time, attention, and intention to know and love Him more.

I realized in a deeper way this week how much God loves me. I think we should take a whole year just to meditate on the love of God seen in Jesus and all He has done for us. Think about all that is wrapped up in the promise we saw in Day 16, “Jesus Wept.” I loved these words in Day 16 —

This event reveals a profound promise for our own suffering — when we weep, the Lord Jesus is emotionally moved and weeps with us. Because He is the exact explanation of God, we see that the heart of God is more than we thought or imagined. He experiences emotion and feels our pain. When He saw those whom He loved weeping, He wept. When you weep, He weeps. Having a friend weep with you is one thing, but knowing the Lord Jesus weeps with you is quite another. When He experiences your pain with you, His indescribable empathy and intimacy brings true comfort. F.B. Meyer points out that “they are not tears of weak sentiment, but of noble pathos that hastens to help with divine sufficiency.” God is, indeed, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3).
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So, dear friend, may you be encouraged to find hope in who God is today. He loves you. Carry the promises of God with you wherever you go today. God bless you as you continue on in the great adventure of knowing Him.

My prayer and my goal for all of us is found in Romans 15:13 —

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT

Oh how I pray, dear friend, for your life to be filled with hope as you discover the powerful and magnificent promises of God.

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Your Assignment

Your assignment this next week is to study Week 4, Days 19-24, Hope In What He Does. At the end of Week Four, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Four message for Walking With The God Who Cares (Viewer Guide, pp193-194) — The Discipline of Trust – Digital M4V Video or The Discipline of Trust – Digital MP3 Audio. In our fourth week of study we are going to look at some of the most magnificent promises in the Bible about what God does. These are promises from God’s Word about His work in your life and they will inspire you to trust Him more. And one promise may appear more significant than another in the context of your life circumstances. In that case, you are going to want to find, embrace, trust, and live that promise. You may even want to use the Promise pages found in the Appendix of the new 2016 edition of Walking With The God Who Cares. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

I invite you to share all that you are learning in this study. You can write your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.

And now, let’s continue the journey of Walking With The God Who Cares.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

Share what God taught you about hope this week. How does knowing God give you a stronger hope? What was your favorite name of God in Day 13? What truth about who God is mean the most to you and why? What is the most important truth, verse or insight for you this week in Walking With The God Who Cares?
Please comment.

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He forever made perfect those who are being made holy.
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Catherine Martin has written an excellent book about God walking with you no matter what the circumstances. I particularly liked the use of acronyms throughout the pages. Hope is holding on with patient expectation. Catherine Martin has a very easy to read and understand writing style. She does an excellent job in utilizing scripture verses and references to other people’s work to bring her points across.
Lori Plach, ReaderViews, Amazon.com Book Review
[Catherine Martin] brings to her writing the extra energy she has in her life. … She isn’t speaking from theological theory only but also from experiences she has lived. … In a marvelous way, she walks you through 30 days of hope-building studies. You might feel as if you have little hope, but as Catherine guides you through Scripture, you will experience great assurance and the hope that is only found in Jesus.
From the Foreword by Emilie Barnes, Author & Speaker

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