Everyone in the whole world, who has ever lived, has wondered who God is. Everyone. Over time and through interactions, encounters and experiences in the world, the attributes of God seem to change as people form all sorts of conclusions about who He is, but make no mistake: God’s characteristics don’t change and His Word is where you will learn who He really is.
Whether or not people come to know God or choose to submit to Him or reject Him outright, the Word of God is clear: “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the heart.” (Prov. 20:27) One of the most profound attributes of God is that He is all knowing. (Psalm 147:5) He doesn’t need you to acknowledge Him or worship Him for His sake, He wants you to acknowledge Him and worship Him for your own sake.
Everyone wants to know who God is, even if that wondering looks different within each person and even if people come to different conclusions. Everyone wonders- Why am I here? Is there something bigger than me out there? Who is God? Those questions have answers for people who truly seek to find.
The Attributes of God Reveal the Invisible
The primary way God’s character is revealed is through His Word because “The Word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
When you study the Word of God regularly, the Lord will reveal to you the attributes of God that He knows you need in every season of your life. Revelation of God’s character unfolds over time as you seek Him because He is not any one thing at any given point in time – a concept that all people struggle to grasp and many people stumble on it.
Understanding God’s character is one of the biggest stumblingblocks to people’s faith because He is unknowable to the human mind. (Rom. 11:33) People want to see God as proof He exists, but He is invisible. (Col. 1:15) He is too vast and complex to understand, and yet He wants to know you– and He wants you to know Him.
God shares who He is in His Word to help the limited, fallible mind try and put together the pieces of His greatness and know Him more and more. That is a journey of faith and relationship with God that will take a lifetime! Have you ever asked yourself, “Who is God – to me?”
Can You Praise a God You Don’t Really Know?
Acts 17 tells the account of Paul’s journey through Athens where he encountered a culture that was teeming with people searching for God- some were even worshipping Him, but they didn’t realize it! They were spiritually confused and asking, “Who is God?”
The Athenians had realized that other gods had no power and that “something” must be out there with a greater power than idols, but they did not know Him, they could not see Him and they did not understand how to find Him.
If you aren’t intentionally worshipping Jesus Christ, you are unintentionally worshipping something or someone else.~Alicia Purdy
Through Paul’s revelation of the Gospel of Christ, the Lord God of the Heavens was could finally be known. (Acts 17:16-34) Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.
The Top 21 Attributes of God to Power Your Praise
- “…our refuge and our strength, a well-proven help in times of trouble.” (Ps. 46:1)
- “Merciful” (Deut. 4:31)
- “…Mighty in strength.” (Job 36:5)
- “Love…” (1 John 4:8, 16)
- “…Spirit…” (John 4:24)
- “My Shepherd…” (Ps. 23:1)
- “Your praise” (Deut. 10:21)
- “GOOD” (Psalm 106:1; Ps. 136:1; Nahum 1:7)
- “Faithful” (1 John 1:9; 1 Cor. 10:13)
- “LIGHT” (1 John 1:15)
- “…a sun and a shield…” (Ps. 84:11)
- “...a consuming fire, jealous…” (Deut. 4:24)
- “Righteous” (Ps. 11:7)
- “...gracious, righteous, and full of compassion…” (Psalm 116:5)
- “The GOD of gods…” (Deut. 10:17; 7:9)
- “…good to all…” (Psalm 149:9)
- “AT HAND!” (Phil. 4:5-6)
- “One God” (Deut. 6:4)
- “Everlasting… Creator…” (Isaiah 40:28-29)
- “…Your dwelling place…” (Deut. 33:27)
- “Patient” (2 Peter 3:9)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:8 & John 8:58) Hallelujah!
Thought for Today: God’s Character Brings a Living Hope Through Christ
Worshipping everything in hopes of finding a spiritual connection is what the dark, fallen world pursue. Why? Because they, too, were created to worship.
Psalm 115:4-8 points out that the whole world desires to worship, but by refusing to worship the Lord, they have no knowledge of God’s characteristics and fall into idolatry:
“…Their idols are silver and gold. The work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them. So is everyone who trusts in them.” (MEV)
You cannot help but worship someone or something even if you worship yourself, or your family, your accomplishments, your own ideas, a relationship, money, a false idol or a career – but it is a dead end. Idols are dead.
God’s greatest attribute is that He is alive.
Continue Exploring the Word of God for More of His Attributes: “Knowing God More: 10 Things That are Not in His Nature”
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