What comes to mind when you think of God?
Who is this God we are growing to know? Oftentimes our understanding of God needs to be untangled from the mix of ideas commonly shared about Him. Let’s go to His Word and write what is said about who God is:
“Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”
“Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the LordGod, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”
“Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.”
“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”
“But You, O Lord, abide forever,
And Your name to all generations.”
“Who is like the Lord our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?”
“The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.”
“And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Willtribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, ornakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer throughHim who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the gloryforever. Amen.”
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whoaccording to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
1 John 4:8
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
“And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and nightthey do not cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.””
Look back over these descriptions of our God. As His children, we see evidence of His character in the ups and downs of our lives. Here are just a few more texts that help us see more of the fullness and awesomeness of God. Read these slowly and thoughtfully.
1 Samuel 2:6-10
“LORD, You are the One who kills and makes alive…this is difficult for me to understand. You alone are God. I recognize your absolute power over life and death. I praise You for life! …”
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. 30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”
This is the GOD that we have the privilege to serve! This is the GOD who has graciously caused us to know Him through His creation and through salvation! This is the GOD who seeks that all people would know Him. He has entrusted us with the responsibility to speak the Gospel into the lives of those around us.
May our hearts beat with His; may we be His hands, His feet, His voice that all may truly know Him.