In the first issue of this journal we saw that the Bible is the book that God gave to learn about Him. To learn for someone the best way to go is to arrange a meeting with him where you will examine him, through a kind of discussion, provided of course that the answers that you will get will be honest. Similarly, to learn about God the only way to go is to read His personal "interview": the Bible.
In this verse God calls us not to trust Him (i.e. to put our confidence in Him) just a bit, but to trust Him with all our heart i.e. to trust Him a hundred percent. However, I believe that most of us will agree that to trust someone or to have a good relationship with someone you need to know him well. The better that you know someone the better the relationship that you have with him and the easier to trust him.
In the above passage God calls us to trust Him with all our heart. However, how is this possible if we do not know Him? And how can we know Him? There is only one valid way: to go to the Bible, where God reveals Himself.
So today we will go to the Bible and what will endeavour to find out is what motivates God. I believe that this will give us a better understanding of the character of God and it will help us to trust Him more, since we will know Him better. So let\u2019s start with I John 4:8 :
I John 4:8
"...God is LOVE"
These three words are probably enough to give answers to many questions that we may have regarding God and, at the same time, they are able to overthrow all the opinions that we may have heard about God. These three words tell us that God is LOVE. God is not someone that causes all the bad things that happen in the world . He is not someone whose job is to kill and to make sick people (if someone destroyed your property or caused other calamities would you say that he loves you? However, that's what many people believe about God.). In contrast, God is LOVE. However, love is something that is manifested in actions. If I say "I love you, I love you" and behind your back I do nasty things is there any love in me? No. The love has to be manifested in actions. The same is true for other things by which one can be motivated. If one is motivated by fear this will be manifested in his actions which will be fearful, without boldness etc. If one is motivated by hate this will also be manifested in his actions: wickedness, deceitfulness etc. God is also motivated by something and this isLOVE. However, it remains to see how God manifested His love in actions. To see that we must go to His Word to see some of His actions.
I John 4:9
"This is how God showed his love among us..."
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?