Monday, June 30, 2008

Who is God?

Today’s chapter in “The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment” by Tim Challies had to do with what is true about God. In God’s providence, our sermon yesterday was on the holiness of God. (Don’t you love it when God orchestrates these things to complement each other in your studies?) As Challies asserts in the quote below, what we think about God will affect what we do, so it is important we think rightly about Him.

A.W. Tozer began The Knowledge of the Holy, his most highly acclaimed book, with these words: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” No person or religion has ever been greater than its idea of God, and worship is seen as being true or false on the basis of its high or low thoughts of God. … We must think rightly about God, because what we believe necessarily impacts what we do. What we do is premised on what we believe. Thus the closer our thoughts are to the reality of who God is and what he is like, the more our lives will be a reflection of him.

So what is God like? The Westminster Shorter Catechism answers the question “What is God” this way:

God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

Here are some more descriptions of God that I gathered from a quick search on Bible Gateway. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is awe-inspiring if you take the time to think through each of them.

God is…

Thank you, Lord, for revealing Yourself in Your Word.

1 comment:

Kelsey said...

Wow thats awesome!! Thanks so much!

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