What do you know about God? – Part 1
We need to know God and understand how He works, what He does and how He does it. It is necessary to know about His character in order to live a life pleasing unto Him, worship Him acceptably, relate with Him, pray to Him and expect an answer from Him.
To represent God as preachers and witnesses, live to the glory of His name here on earth and live with Him eternally, we need to know Him. To relate properly with anyone, you must understand the desires and aspirations of that person, his likes and dislikes. As we cannot serve a person acceptably if we do not know him, we cannot serve God acceptably if we do not know Him.
Who is God? What does He do? What does He love? What does He hate? What does He accept and expect from anyone who comes to Him? Knowing the nature and attributes of God is very important if we are to serve Him acceptably.
The Bible reveals God as the Almighty, the Builder and Maker of all things. It also reveals Him as divine, supernatural (no limitation in time and space), eternal and Father of all believers. God is great, good, gracious, glorious, holy and high above all. He is invisible, incorruptible, immutable and incomprehensible. He is just, the Judge of all, King of kings and Lord of lords. He is love, the living God, the Most High God and the One Who is mighty. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, perfect, pure and powerful. He is the quickening Spirit whose voice will raise the dead on the final day. He is righteous and source of all life. He is the searcher of all hearts, sustainer of creation, upholder of saints, the universe and all things.
There is no variableness or shadow of turning in God’s character. He will take vengeance on all unrepentant, evildoers. His wrath will burn like eternal fire. He is a wonder to all.As we understand who God is and become conscious that He measures, evaluates and weighs every actions and inactions, we will be able to please and serve Him more acceptably.
God is immutable. “For I am the LORD, I change not.” The word ‘immutable’ means that God cannot change. God’s attributes and character are always the same. His holy and righteous nature does not change with time. He hates evil but loves and appreciates holiness. Because of His unchanging nature, we can approach Him with confidence.
Both the Old and New Testaments reveal that God’s nature and attributes are constant. He is still the same God of grace and judgment. While He is merciful to those who fear Him and delight in keeping His word, His wrath and judgment is sure for those who dishonour Him, make light of His word and revel in sin. “I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”
Further Reading (King James Version): Genesis 18:23,25; Psalm 99:9; Isaiah 6:1-3; Habakkuk 1:13; John 17:11,25; 1 Peter 1:15,16; Revelation 4:8; Malachi 3:5,6; 1 Samuel 15:28,29; Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 31:2; Hebrews 1:10-12; 6:17,18; James 1:17; 1 Samuel 2:30; Jonah 3:4-10; Deuteronomy 30:15-18; Psalm 119:89.