There is no code

Our society likes code. Our consumer industry is now built on bar codes that are scanned to provide immediate inventory information. Even our medical information is coded and scanned by medical facilities. Security systems are created to allow only to those with the correct code to enter. We have passwords and PIN numbers to protect our identity and credit. We encrypt our computers so only authorized people can read them. We put de-coder rings for children in cereal boxes so that they can play at what will become part of their adulthood. During Prohibition, speakeasies had a secret knock or code word required for entrance. Adults can be classified by the government by their security clearance; the higher the clearance, the more secretive information is available. Spies and security specialists use secret code to communicate with each other, and keep their enemies from knowing what they’re saying.

Having the right code gives us power and makes us feel special and included. Knowing the “secret knock” when I was a child gave me access to the “club” my brother wasn’t allowed to enter. My PIN numbers and passwords give me access to information you can’t have without my permission. Code keeps out the people we don’t like, and includes the people we do. Breaking enemies’ codes has won battles and cost lives. Breaking code, now with the new title of “hacking”, has become a major goal of national security and a common tool of those who want to steal identity and information.

God’s word is not secret code. The Bible is not intended just for Jews or Christians. It is the best-selling book of all time and contains the history and details of the incredible love story between God and his people. It tells us about his character and gives us his laws that were designed to keep us safe. It has stories that provide good and bad examples, and tells us what we need to do to live in relationship with him. No password or PIN required.

Our culture knows less and less about God, not because he’s only made himself exclusively available to a certain few, but because we haven’t made knowing him a priority. Many of us have multiple copies of Bibles in our homes. Hotels make them available to any who enter. We can download links to the Bible on our computers or on our phones.

God wants us to know him. He gave us his written word so that we could. I challenge you to seek him in its pages. If you’re new to the Bible, start with a gospel. If you want to know his expectations for you, go to Proverbs or James. If you want stories of God’s incredible love for his people throughout history, go to Exodus the epistles of John. If you like poetry, go to Psalms. In each you will find that God makes himself known.

My understanding of the concept that God wants to be known ended up as a book, He Wants You to Know, that examines 13 metaphors God gave us to help us understand his character and desire for relationship with us.

“He introduced himself to Moses with the name “I AM”, and then began an awesome journey through the desert and through history. Day by day, story by story, he is still revealing himself to his children. His goal is that as we learn to see him as he is, we will become who he created us to be.” (He Wants You to Know, p. 5) There is no code. Seek solitude and go to the pages where he makes himself known. You will find your security in worship.

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