.. He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 1 John 5:10
True faith must always rest upon what God is, so it is of utmost importance that, to the limit of our comprehension, we know what He is.
The psalmist said: “They that know thy name will put their trust in Thee,” the name of God being the verbal expression of His character, and confidence always rises or falls with known character.
What the psalmist said was simply that they who know God to be the kind of God He is will put their confidence in Him! This is not a special virtue, but the normal direction any mind takes when confronted with the fact. We are so made that we trust good character and distrust its opposite, and that is why unbelief is so intensely wicked!
The character of God, then, is the Christian’s final ground of assurance and the solution of many, if not most, of his practical religious problems.
Though God dwells in the center of eternal mystery, there need be no uncertainty about how He will act in any situation covered by His promises.
These promises are infallible predictions. God will always do what He has promised to do when His conditions are met. And His warnings are no less predictive: “The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous” (Ps. 1:5).
We cultivate our knowledge of God and at the same time cultivate our faith. Yet while so doing we look not at our faith but at Christ, its author and finisher!