Encounter #2: GOD IS TRULY GOOD

What is God really like?
That’s where our adventure begins.

What if God actually stepped into the room with you right now?

How would you feel: Overwhelmed? Terrified? Or incredibly loved? (Maybe all three.) But I know one thing you absolutely would NOT feel: indifferent. That would NOT be a dry, dusty, “academic” sort of experience. There would be no hiding, no excuses, and no turning away from the fiery, burning Presence of God. All that you are would be drawn to all of him.

If all you’ve ever known is dry, dusty religion, it’s time to come in from the cold. Lay aside your unanswered questions for the moment. (Don’t worry. We’ll get back to them, I promise.) For now, just come with me and get to know the One who holds the Universe in the palm of his hand.

Don’t be satisfied with hearing what someone else has told you “about” God. Instead, come and get to know him – really know him – for yourself. To know God is to exist in a state of wonder. We’re completely overwhelmed by his glorious power, splendor, and majesty. Yet at the same time, he reaches out to each of us with such intimate, tender, personal love!

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:

ENJOY the Week 2 Playlist on YouTube

READ Chapter 2 early in the week.

THEN ENGAGE. DO AT LEAST ONE of the following:

IMAGINE. Laura still shivers as she remembers her hair-raising trip through the Rocky Mountains. What was a time when YOU were overwhelmed by awe? Use that as a starting point for thinking about what it would be like to have a personal encounter with God. (If you’ve had an encounter with God, obviously, you can start with that.) Then put on worshipful music and ask him to come.

JOURNAL. Think about someone you know very well – such as a best friend. Try describing them. Then think about how actually knowing them is different from simply hearing about them. Now, apply that to your relationship with God. Do you simply “know about” him, or truly know him? Which is true? Which do you want to be true?

DRAW OR PAINT. Chapter 2 touches on many attributes of God. Write or render words about God on cards or canvases. On one wall, hang words describing ways you have encountered him for yourself. On another wall, hang words about the ways you want to know him. Then watch for the day you’ll have to move your cards.

PRAY. If you and God are already close, talk to him about some of his names and titles in Scripture. (They reveal his nature.) Tell God what you love about him – and what ways you want to know him better. If you feel distant from God, or you’re not sure: Tell him what you have heard or experienced that made you feel afraid. Ask him to comfort you, heal your heart, and reveal himself to you.

Enjoy your week as we explore our first, most important question:

What is God really like?

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