I pray you will all pardon me and let me recycle old blogs this week and next about the attributes of God which we have been talking about. They are certainly still appropriate now. Thanks!
This one was posted 6/18/2014
With every bible study or devotion I read I always come back to the same conclusion. We simply must know God. Really know God. All of Him. Not just know about Him but know the depths of Him. Know all His character traits, know what He expects, know His commandments. Trouble is we often want to make God in our own image rather than conforming to His image. Everyone has an opinion about God, even atheists. Our opinions are irrelevant. God gets to define Himself just as we get to define our own selves. Suppose someone tries to describe you and even one part of it isn’t true. Wouldn’t you be offended? At the very least you would want the correct description. Well, God is offended when we try to conform Him to what we would like Him to be. He certainly wants to be described correctly.
This week, I am going to share with you a few things about God that were in my last week’s Sunday School lesson from The Gospel Project for Adults.
- If you view God as holy and just but not compassionate and gracious, then you will tend to be judgmental and impatient.
- If you view God as gracious and loving but not holy and righteous, then you will tend to treat sin casually.
- If you view God as powerful but not totally sovereign, then you will tend to worry and stress when things in your life go wrong.
- If you view God as powerful and sovereign but not compassionate and loving, then you will tend to minimize human freedom and responsibility.
- If you view God as a distant Judge but not the steadfast Father who gave His Son for your sins, then you will tend to assume God is mad at you whenever things go wrong.
- If you view God as true and right but not beautiful and all-satisfying, then you will be content in knowing the right doctrines while serving God halfheartedly, failing to desire Him with all your heart as you struggle with attraction to the things of this world.
- If you view God as the One who guarantees your prosperity and good fortune in this life now, then you will be disillusioned when things go wrong. You will fail to experience the sweetness of His presence and promises in the midst of pain.
Let’s see now, from the list above I see that God is holy, just, compassionate, gracious, loving, righteous, powerful, sovereign, a steadfast Father, true, right, beautiful, all-satisfying… And that is just the beginning of who God is. Another description of God is that he is jealous. A holy jealousy where he has every right to expect full devotion, not merely a partial, lukewarm commitment.
Our god is what we worship. We become like what we worship. Worship belongs to God, and He is right to be jealous of it.
Romans 1:21-22 Living Bible Yes, they knew about him all right, but they wouldn’t admit it or worship him or even thank him for all his daily care. And after a while they began to think up silly ideas of what God was like and what he wanted them to do. The result was that their foolish minds became dark and confused. Claiming themselves to be wise without God, they became utter fools instead.
Let us not become fools but instead worship the true God. All of Him.