Week one of our journey into bite-sized theology starts with a huge question, who is God? This question is something that we could talk about for all eternity and never exhaust the answers of the awesomeness of God. I tried to sum it up on our Facebook page (@theologyforus) on Saturday. This is the summary I gave, in case you missed it.
“Question: Who is God?
Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of all life. He is all powerful, all knowing, and all present. He is unchangeable in His power, perfection, justice, wisdom, goodness, glory, wrath, and truth. He is infinite and is the definition of perfection. He is Sovereign over all. Nothing happens except through Him and by His rule.
References: essentially the whole Bible but here are some verses the depict some of the attributes of God.
Nehemiah 9:6, Genesis 1:1, James 1:17, Psalm 92:15, Ecclesiastes 3:17, Hebrews 10:30, I Corinthians 1:25, Psalm 31:19, Ezekiel 25:17, Isaiah 42:8, Psalm 25:5, Daniel 4:35″
God is absolutely amazing! Looking at this list of attributes makes my spine tingle a little because it reminds me of the awesomeness of our Holy God. I would love to go into depth about each of these traits and how I have seen God show Himself in my own life, gloriously portraying His glory through His attributes. However, that would be a very long post. I’m sure at, some point we will get around to most, if not all of these but for now here’s two of them.
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you, I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:5 ESV
God is the ultimate standard of truth. God cannot lie. It’s not in His nature. Some people ask if God can tell a lie. The answer is no. If God were capable of lying, He would cease to be God. God is perfect and Holy, and all He does is perfect and Holy. For God to lie would be for Him to cease being perfect and Holy. If He ceases to be perfect and Holy, He would cease to be God.
It is a comforting and fearful thing for God to be The Truth. It is comforting for the believer because of the many beautiful promises of God to us promises of life everlasting. Promises of His Spirit being ever present with and in us to comfort and guide us. Promises of His love for us and that He will never leave us or forsake us. But the truth of God is a fearful thing to the unbeliever. For the unbeliever there is wrath, and justice and Hell promised to them. As glorious as His presence is and is yet to be for us, it will be just as terrible for the unbeliever. It makes my heart hurt to think about it.
This life shows us many examples of the truth of God. We see it in things like the old saying, “You reap what you sow.” That phrase is taken from the Bible. I can’t even count the times that I have heard someone shake their head after someone is facing the consequences of their choices and say this phrase. I also, can’t count the number of stories I’ve heard from dear saints of God that He was always there for them in whatever was happening, whether sickness or family issues or financial crisis, just like He said He would be. I have personally had the privilege of seeing God work time after time in my life. He has been there for me every.single.time. There were times I doubted this though. I have had my fair share of, “What are you doing, God?!” moments But no matter what He did exactly what was best for me. I may not always understand what He’s doing, but it is always for the best. My favorite verse is Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Such a remarkable promise for us!
God is the Creator
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 ESV
There are a lot of people today who think the above verse is entirely bogus. The theory of evolution has taken over our schools and all but a few scholarly institutions. I don’t claim to know everything about how all of this works together, but I know that the Bible is right and the Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth. I can’t give you a super sciency dissertation on how creation is the truth and evolution is wrong. There are plenty of people who are much smarter than me who do that very thing all day long. But when we, by faith, believe that the same Word of God that leads us to trust in Christ for Salvation is the same one that teaches that God is the creator of all we see, it can make a significant impact in our lives.
God created every single blade of grass, every single grain of sand, every single star, and every single person on this planet. We were thought of by God before the founding of the world, and He knew that one day He would make you and He would make me. He set in motion the laws of the universe, like gravity. If I hold a pen above the ground and then let go, what do you think will happen? The pen will hit the floor. Why? Because of gravity. Because God created gravity and He is the one who keeps gravity in place. In the beginning, He told gravity to start and not to stop until He says so, and gravity obeys. Now, that is pretty cool. The trees bloom every spring and go to sleep every fall because He commands them to do so. Even the animals do as He says. The birds and bees and frogs sing His praises every day, and every night the crickets chirp a glorious choir to glorify the God who created them. One time I heard a recording where a someone had recorded crickets and slowed down the chirps, and it sounded like a Heavenly choir. Not even kidding. That’s a real thing. Here’s a link so you can hear what I’m talking about. It’s pretty amazing.
To sum all of this up, God is absolutely fantastic, and it is evident in our lives, in the lives of others, and in creation. If we open our eyes, we can see the awesome power of God daily in our lives. Whether driving down the road, working at our jobs, or spending time relaxing, God’s presence in our lives is awe inspiring. Take some time this week to thank God for how He works in your life and how He is revealed to us in the Scriptures. Thank Him for making Himself known to us and for His goodness towards us.