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February 21, 2013

There’s more to God than love

CHOUTEAU, OK — A little boy’s mother became nervous when she noticed how quietly her son was playing in his bedroom.  When she went to check on him, she found him sitting on the floor, drawing a picture.  “What are you drawing?” she asked.  Without looking up, the lad replied, “I am drawing a picture of God.”  The mother said, “But, son, nobody knows what God looks like.”  The little boy quickly responded, “Well, they will when I get through!”  How do you picture God?  What do you think He is like?

Many adults try to explain God by simply saying, “God is love.”  Although that is true (I John 4:8), the Bible also says, “God is a consuming fire,” (Hebrews 12:29).  Paul wrote in Romans 11:22, “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.”  There are many other passages in the Bible that reveal what God is like, and each of them should be considered in order to get the complete picture.

Revelation 19:6 says, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigns!”  This means that God is all-powerful.  There is no limit to His power and authority.  Paul told the Christians in Ephesus that God is able to do much more than we ever ask or even think.

God is also omniscient, which means that He has infinite knowledge.  Psalm 147:5 says, “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”  Nothing can be hidden from God.  He has an all-seeing eye.  Hebrews 4:13 says, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  God knows everything we say, do, and think.

Thirdly, God is omnipresent.  In other words, He is present in all places at the same time.  In Psalm 139, David said that there was absolutely no place he could go to hide from God.  Notice the questions that God asks in Jeremiah 23:23-24: “Am I a God near at hand, and not a God afar off?  Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?  Do I not fill heaven and earth?”  Wherever you go, God is there.

As we continue studying the Bible, we find that God is eternal.  He has always been, and He always will be.  God revealed Himself to Moses as the great I AM.  Hundreds of years later, when the Jews asked Jesus if He had seen Abraham, Jesus said to them in John 8:58, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

We also learn that God is a great giver.  James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  Also, Paul told Timothy in I Timothy 6:17 that God gives us richly all things to enjoy.  It is important to note that, although physical blessings are given to everyone, spiritual blessings are given only to those who are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).  The only way to enjoy spiritual blessings is to be in Christ Jesus.  In 2 Timothy 2:10, Paul said he endured all things for the sake of the elect, “that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”

God is a great rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).  Paul says that we can be assured that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.  As we seek to serve and worship God, we must do so according to His word (John 4:24).  One day, we will all by judged by His word (John 12:48).  It is a fearful thing to have to face God’s wrath!

One can get a more complete understanding of what God is like by studying about Jesus.  He said in John 14:9, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  Jesus shows us what God is like.  Yes, God is love, but much, much more!  See 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10.

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