By Ruth Chou Simons
This week’s study was very impactful for me. It tells us how God tells us who we are. Read Psalm 42
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
But to actually believe him, we must first know him. The gospel is God’s invitation that makes the instructions we follow possible. Our obedience must be first and foremost in our lives.
This week Ruth spoke about the imperatives and the indicative of our faith walk.
Imperative-Right conduct or practice. The do’s and don’t
Indicative– This is what we believe. Serving as a sign or indication
We seem to gravitate toward the imperatives and tend to skip the indicative. We want to rush out there and do something. Fortunately, God knows this about us, that we find our hope in doing things rather than learning the character of our amazing Father.
Ruth shares how we must learn who God is, know his character, know that he is truth. Knowing that allows us to rest our weary souls in him.
Being strengthened with all [power according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin.
Without the indicative, or what’s truer about who God is and what He’s done, the imperatives would be basically impossible. Without knowing our God and resting in the love and care of him, his character, and who he is, our attempt at obedience would more likely lead us to our own pride and self-righteousness.
Everything we have, all that we believe, must rest on the character of our God.
As Paul wrote to the Colossians, he is also talking for us, that God is the one that calls us, God qualifies us, and God delivers us. God alone enables us to walk in a way that is pleasing to Him.
” But now he has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him. If indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.”
We can not know how to walk our Christ-like walk without first knowing who enables us. That is what we need to learn to preach to ourselves.
Placing our hope and trust in our God, believing he is everything he says he is, is how we can believe what he says about us.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
For in Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God through faith.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant, does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
If we do not tell our soul what is true, someone else will. That is the most important point I received out of this week’s study. When Ruth said that, everything in me stopped. It is so true but oh so hard to do. The only way we can preach to ourselves is to know and trust our God. If we can believe what he says about us, we should believe it about us too.