Continuing with the thought from last week’s blog about knowing all of God, I found a pamphlet that listed twenty of His attributes.
Eight of these attributes are exclusive to God. While being ONE, God is also TRIUNE, one being who exists in three persons. God is TRANSCENDENT which means He is beyond our intelligence and imagination and there are limits to our understanding of Him. He is also above our standards and has no limits which means He is INFINITE. God is ETERNAL, He has no beginning or end and He is CREATOR of all things. God is not limited by space. He is OMNIPRESENT, present at all moments of our life. Finally, God is IMMUTABLE which means He never changes. Since He never changes, He is consistent, reliable and trustworthy.
I don’t know about y’all but it’s hard to wrap my brain around most of those attributes unique to God. Come to think of it we really can’t, simply because of God’s TRANSCENDENCE. He is supposed to be beyond what we comprehend. For me, the ETERNAL attribute is especially hard to think about. We are so tied to time that it is difficult to consider no beginning or end.
The pamphlet lists twelve other attributes. He is LOVING, HOLY, GOOD, JUST, JEALOUS (a righteous jealousy), MERCIFUL, SOVEREIGN, OMNIPOTENT (all powerful), OMNISCIENT (all knowing), PATIENT, FAITHFUL, and finally, God is SPIRIT.
Of these other twelve attributes I can understand His LOVING nature, His HOLINESS, His GOODNESS, His MERCY, His POWER, His infinite KNOWLEDGE, His PATIENCE, His FAITHFULNESS and His SPIRIT. I can even understand His JUST and JEALOUS nature. But His SOVEREIGNTY is harder to comprehend and if I am honest, to accept and abide by. God’s SOVEREIGNTY means He is in control. Our current bible study is about how women are wired to control. Isn’t that a hoot. God wired us to want to control. Genesis 3:16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.” There you have it. It’s not going to be easy for us ladies. But God in his infinite KNOWLEDGE and MERCY and LOVE and POWER and PATIENCE, has given us the power of the Holy Spirit by the blood of Jesus Christ to overcome our natural tendencies. Thank God for his KNOWLEDGE and MERCY and LOVE and POWER and PATIENCE, well actually, thank God of all of His attributes.
How about you. What do you think about these attributes of God? Is there one that is particularly difficult or special to you?