Who Is God?
Posted by: Taylor Sikes
Focus Verse: “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.” Psalm 116:5
It can be hard to try and imagine someone so consistent and perfect when living in such a broken world. Media, failed relationships and life experience can affect the way we view our heavenly Father. Some of us may see Him as a distant and cold God who sits in heaven, points a finger, and makes decisions. Other’s may view God as an angry creator who wants to punish them for how upset and disappointed He is in them.
So, go ahead and ask yourself; how do you see God and who is He to you?
It’s okay, we all have distorted views of who God is. The good news is that it can be restored through seeking Him daily. Our creator sacrificed His only Son for our sins to grant us eternal life, and also to have a close, intimate relationship with us. That means there is nothing that He does not want to help you with! There is nothing “too small” for our loving God. He is the perfect Father, the best friend, an incredible counselor, a never ending supplier and peace granter. He gives our hearts healing in a way only He can. When we find ourselves stuck at a crossroads with a distorted view of Him, we can first ask Him in prayer to help restore our view of Him. Then, we can look at his living word to find more about who God really is.
Our Holy, kind and gracious God is the creator of the universe and all things in it. He is a designer with intent and creates things with immense detail, all the while being unique, isn’t that incredible? Just take a look at the intricacy in which a flower is designed.
That is true for you as well, he designed you intricately and there is no one on this planet who is the same as you. And God absolutely adores His creation! God is also eternal, there is no time or space or location in which God has not been God. In Psalm 90 verse 2 it says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” He was, He still is and He is to come! He also has complete and total control over this life on earth and everything in the heavens. He has supreme power and the final say!
It pulls at my heart strings daily to think about how such a powerful, eternal, sovereign God who designed the universe has chosen me and wants to have a relationship with me. He is the perfect Father, the only Father that will never disappoint us, leave us or forsake us. He will never get mad at us and turn away from us. He will never say He’s going to do something and then not follow through. He is trustworthy, faithful, merciful and forgiving- even when we are not. This relationship is something you cannot earn or work for, it is simply accepted. And now, as followers of Jesus and lovers of God, we get the privilege of leading a life of Godliness and love to all those around us.
Psalm 116:12 “What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.”
And this is what we get to do, love our neighbor and fulfill our vow to God, as there is no command greater than that. A love that stems from God is true love. It is for the good of others and the good of the kingdom. It is sincere in it’s motives and honors everyone involved. This is the kind of true Godliness that we can live out, that honors God and unites His children.
God is love, so let’s become love.