We all have questions. Who am I? Why am I here? Is there a God? Who is He? What does He want from me? What is wrong with the world ... and me? What happens after I die? How can I know for certain? These matters and many more can trouble us. But the most important questions really come down to who is God and what does He want from you? Every person is a theologian—each of us thinks and operates out of a set of beliefs about God. A fundamental truth of theology is this: there is a God. A second truth necessarily follows: you're not Him. We may deny or at least doubt that God exists but the Scripture declares, "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1). The fool is one who lacks understanding, often arrogantly and deliberately dismissing what is obvious. This rebellion against the one true God of the Bible permits us to appoint gods of our own making (1 John 5:21), namely pursuing our own wants and desires (Philippians 3:19; James 4:1–4). Even in the perfect Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were enticed to rebel against God's holy command so they could advance their own desires (Genesis 3:1–6).
But there is a God and you're not Him. Other questions we have in life can only be answered by starting with God. Let us consider just a few truths about who God is and what He wants from us.
God Is Knowable and He Wants You to Know Him.
The invisible God has revealed Himself in many ways. One way is through the work of His hands: "Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead" (Romans 1:20; cf. Psalm 19:1–2). He is also knowable through the human conscience. This knowledge of what is right and what is wrong reflects (albeit imperfectly) God's moral standard of holiness (Romans 1:32). God is the source and author of all that is good, true, and right, and our capacity for moral judgment rests upon knowing Him.
God has also particularly revealed Himself through special means. Many supernatural historical events testify of His direct intervention, including the global Flood, the confusion of languages, and the crossing of the Red Sea. He also spoke directly to Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. He revealed Himself through visions and dreams (Numbers 12:6; Matthew 2:12) and, of course, through prophets and apostles (Ephesians 2:20; 2 Peter 3:15–16). This self-revelation of God has been faithfully recorded for us in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:15–17).
But the Scripture identifies a fuller revelation of God: the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, is "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15) and surpasses all previous revelation.