Weekly Devotional

What Is God Really Like?

Get to know the creator of the universe.

Written by Gary Fleetwood on 15/06/2021

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Psalm 145:3

How does the Bible describe God to us?

The first words of the Bible in Genesis 1:1 state, "In the beginning God…" It just assumes that God is and that God exists and that God was the Creator and then moves forward. The Bible does not argue or defend the existence of God but declares it. There is no preliminary introduction to God that tries to establish that He exists.. Genesis does not start by saying, "By the following proofs we establish the existence of God and that He created all things." Not at all, never! Just "In the beginning God…". God's name appears 28 times in Genesis 1 — God did this or God did that, yet not a single sentence is devoted to identifying Him or defining Him. Nothing is said about where God came from or what He is like. The authors of Scripture's clear position is that people come to the Bible already knowing that God exists.  Romans 1:19 says, "For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them."

In reality, God does not need us. God did not create man because He was lonely and we had something that He needed to be satisfied. In fact, it could be the highest form of pride for someone to think that God needed something they had or could offer to Him. How can the creature say to the Creator that they had something He needed? What could anyone give to God that He needed? If we gave God everything that we own, it would have no value to God whatsoever. He has no needs. He never lacks in anything. We need what He has and what He offers.

God never changes

Probably no other attribute can bring more confidence and security to the believer than God never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever". Everything about our lives and our world is continuously evolving. None of us are like we were 25 years ago. We have grown, developed, learned, and experienced many different things – but not God. God has never learned something new, and nothing has ever just occurred to God. Change always reflects something getting better or worse, but God cannot improve or get worse in any way. If God were always changing His mind or learning things that He did not previously know, then it would create great anxiety for us. We would wonder that if He loved us before, can He change and no longer love us now? The answer is "never". He never changes.

God is always with you

God is always everywhere all of the time. That is almost impossible to imagine because we can never be in more than one place at a time. God, however, is not limited in where He can be. He is not spread out like butter on bread. You always have the fullness of God's presence with you, and that should provide great comfort. He is never taken by surprise when something happens to you. He knew it was going to happen to you before it ever happened. The best part is that He knows the perfect solution to every problem you face, so all He wants from you is trusting Him with your life.

What should be my response?

The Bible teaches that because of God's "goodness, " that ultimately unbelief in God is entire without excuse.  Romans 1:20, speaking about people who reject God, says, "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."

Hebrews 11:6 says that someone who truly comes to God "must believe that He is".  God has never done anything in the dark. His love, His Son's sacrifice, His creation – everything is open to sight, visible, obvious. The Bible says that you are "fearfully and wonderfully made", and that should be obvious to anyone willing to accept that a great and amazing God has created them.

Pray this week:

Father, please help me to simply look at the world that you have created and to trust in Your precious Word which promises that I can be one of your children if I simply come to you with childlike faith.

Are you willing to accept that the creator who made you is able to keep you and protect you by His mighty name alone?

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