All Scripture is God breathed…. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
If we can’t discover God from our own experiences or from the world of religion, then where are we going to get a true picture of Him? God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures.
You cannot come to know God by searching your own experiences or by studying world religions. There is only one way we could ever know the invisible and eternal God. He must make Himself known, and this is what He has chosen to do.
God made Himself known through history to certain people called prophets, and that revelation of God is found in the Scriptures. The prophets did not write what they thought about God (that was the mark of a false prophet). True prophets wrote what God gave them to say.
God gave actual words to the prophets that are recorded in the Bible. After Isaiah told God’s people they would experience future devastation, God gave Isaiah another message: Isaiah must comfort God’s suffering people and speak tenderly to them.
“Cry out,” said a voice. “What shall I cry?” Isaiah asked (40:6). I don’t know what to say. Then God told him what to say. God painted a picture of what He is like, in His own words, and these words are recorded for us in the Scriptures.
There is a very clear prescription for a distorted image of God: the spiritual discipline of biblical meditation. Meditation does not mean emptying your mind, but filling it. Emptying your mind is very dangerous, because you don’t know what might come in. Biblical meditation is about filling your mind with one truth. It is like pouring ointment on a wound.
Take ten minutes to reflect on one basic truth from the Bible. Soak your mind in it, and let God’s word about Himself correct the distorted pictures you have.