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, people form all sorts of conclusions about who God is, but make no mistake. Everyone wonders- Is there something bigger than me out there? Was I a random formation of meaningless evolutionary explosions or created for a reason? Who is that Creator? 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) Everyone wants to know who God is, even if that wondering looks different within all of us and even if we all come to different conclusions. Do you know who God is…??
Revelation of who God is unfolds over time, as you seek Him, because He is not any one thing at any given point in time- a concept we all struggle to grasp and many people stumble on it.
The primary way the Lord reveals Himself 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.” (Heb. 4:12) When you study the Word of God regularly, the Lord will not only reveal more of Himself to you, but He will also reveal more of yourself to you. The attributes of God, His nature and character, His promises, His will and His desires are set into His Word, and as you study His Word, His Holy Spirit will quicken revelation to you!
Can You Really 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 convoluted, even asking, “Who is God?” Worshipping everything in hopes of finding a spiritual connection. Why? Because you were created to worship! You cannot help it- even if you worship yourself, or your family, your accomplishments, your own ideas, a relationship, money, a false idol or a career. I say this all the time: If you aren’t intentionally worshipping Jesus Christ, you are unintentionally worshipping something or someone else.
In Acts 17, Luke wrote that Paul’s “spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols” so he spoke out about who is God, the one true God! When the citizens of Athens asked to know more, here is what Paul said:
“As I passed by and looked up at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom you therefore unknowingly worship, Him I proclaim to you. God who made the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by hand. Nor is He served by men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives all men life and breath and all things. He has made from one blood every nation of men to live on the entire face of the earth, having appointed fixed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek the Lord so perhaps they might reach for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.'”
Understanding God is one of the biggest stumblingblocks to people’s faith because He is unknowable. (Rom. 11:33) People want to see God, but He is invisible. (Col. 1:15) Yet He shares who He is in His Word that helps our limited, fallible minds to try and put together the pieces of His greatness and know Him more and more- a journey that will take a lifetime! Have you ever asked yourself, “Who is God – to me?” Revelation of who God is unfolds over time, as you seek Him in His Word, because He is not any one thing at any given point in time- a concept we all struggle to grasp and many people stumble on it. He is too vast and complex to understand, and yet He wants to know you– and He wants you to know Him.
God is who He Says He is
Below are instances throughout Scripture that the phrase “GOD IS” is used, taken from my own study journals, to help you as you work on putting the “pieces” of revelation together in your own life of who He is. Take time this week to look up these Scriptures as you do your devotions and let the Holy Spirit reveal Himself to you in a new way!
- “…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)
and finally… God IS – “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) Halleljuah!
Continue Exploring the Word of God for More of His Attributes
- “The Right Hand of the Lord has Unlimited, Unmatched Power”
- LIVE Devotions: “The Power of Pain in Jesus Christ”
- “The Peace of God Comes When the God of Peace Crushes Satan”
- “Three Things God Sees When He Looks Down”