This God We Worship

By Steven Koster

January 1, 2016

Our upcoming theme in January for the Today devotionals will be “This God We Worship,” written by Pastor George R Young.

Who is God, and why does he deserve our praise?

At the beginning of a new year we turn to the most basic question each of us must answer: “What kind of God should we believe in, worship, and serve?” Everything in life depends on the answer to this question. And we’re surrounded by a confusing mix of responses.

Fortunately, we are not left to our own imagination, or even to our own limited intelligence. God made himself known in history, revealing himself to the people and prophets of Israel, who recorded those encounters in the Bible. So we do not “construct” the kind of God we would like to believe in. Rather, we come to meet the God who is already and truly here and everywhere.

Jesus said (while praying to God the Father), “This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). This God we worship is the fount of eternal salvation and every blessing. Let’s learn more about him!

Our writer for January is George R. Young. After ministering among college students in his native New York City, Pastor Young graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and then Calvin Theological Seminary. As a missionary to Japan, he worked for 31 years with pastors of the Reformed Church of Japan to spread the gospel and establish churches in northeastern Japan. In 2013, the Youngs retired to New Jersey, where they now live closer to their children and grandchildren.

I look forward to exploring who God really is with you and Pastor Young this month. May you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s word!

About the author — Steven Koster

Rev. Dr. Steven Koster joined Back to God Ministries International in 2006 and soon launched ReFrame Media with a fresh vision for media and technology to build disciples and communities in Christ. During his time as Director of ReFrame, he also served as the Executive Editor of Today. Steven stepped down from these roles in 2019 as he felt led to focus on new challenges, including doctoral research and their family’s bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and enjoy leading pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment seminars. Steven continues to collaborate with Deb to produce our marriage and family ministry, Family Fire.

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