Even if they don’t fully understand who He is, most people have a general knowledge of God and accept the fact that He’s the creator of the universe. Thanks to some cartoons, many people may imagine God as an old man with a long white robe and a matching white beard, who lives on a giant cloud in the sky.
It may sound silly but to be honest, none of us fully understand who God is. However, we can learn a lot from what He reveals about Himself in His word. God invites us to draw close to Him and He wants us to get to know Him. He wants us to experience His love for us, and He wants us to know what He expects from us.
Maybe you’ve just recently heard about God and you’re looking to find out more, or perhaps you’ve always believed that there is a God, but never knew much about Him and never cared to ask questions, until now.
Perhaps you’ve just accepted Christ and you’re looking to find out the basics, or maybe you haven’t believed in God at all before today, but now you’re curious to find out what He has to offer. If any of these situations describe you, then you’re already off to a good start.
That’s because you acknowledge that God is God. Whoever wants to come to God cannot do so unless they first believe that He is, (as in believing that He exist) and that He rewards those that sincerely seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). God is known by many names: Jehovah, Yahweh, The Great I Am, and many more. So, who and what is God?
God Is Spirit
Okay, first things first. God is not “The Big Guy in the Sky” and He’s not “The Man Upstairs.” In fact, He’s not a man at all. God is a spirit (John 4:24). This just means that He’s an invisible being and He has no physical shape or form. When we look at Genesis 1:27, we’re told that God created us in His image. Therefore, you may ask, “Well, then how could He have created us in His image if He has no arms, legs, or mouth like we do?” You see, this scripture is not referring to our physical, but to our spiritual parts.
In other words, just as God is an intellectual being, He has also fashioned us with a certain level of intellect, that allows us to make meaningful and rational decisions. We have a conscious that allows us to separate right from wrong and good from bad. We experience emotions such as joy, love, compassion, and grief, and God experiences these emotions as well – just on an entirely different level.
God Is Self-Existent
God created all things (John 1:3). He made the sun, the moon, the stars, the trees, the waters, and all the green grass. He made all the animals, including those that walk on dry land and those that swim in the sea. All the creatures that creep in the dirt, as well as the ones that fly high in the air were designed by Him. And He also made us – human beings.
Yes, God created all these things and more, yet He was created by nothing and no one. He is what we call “self-existent.” He exists of His own self and He always has, and He always will exist. There is no one who can explain His existence, and there is no “longest-running genealogy” that tells us who begat who to make Him. He just is, and He’s always “been” since before the beginning of time, since of course, He’s the one who created time.
He will never cease to exist. Even if all of creation were destroyed tomorrow, guess what? God would still exist (Psalm 102:25-27). He’s not going anywhere. He is the Alpha and the Omega, which just means that He is the beginning and the end of all things (Revelation 1:8). There has been nothing and no one before Him, neither will there be anything nor anyone coming in His place. He is it. He is God. There is no one higher than Him and there is none greater.
So, write it down and make a note of it: God answers to no one. It’s mind-blowing right? It can be hard for our finite minds to grasp this truth, but it’s just one of those things that we can’t fully explain and must believe with faith. But it’s not as difficult to do as it may seem.
For instance, if you recall when you were a small child, you didn’t know where your parents came from either, did you? You just knew that they were there, and that they were there for you. The only difference is, we can’t see God with our natural eye, but only with spiritual eyes. We may not know all the answers surrounding God’s presence, but the one thing we can know for sure is this: He is, and He is here for us.
There are three main attributes, or qualities of God, which I like to refer to as the “Triple-O’s.” He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. The prefix omni- means “all.”
God is Omnipresent
So, when we say that God is omnipresent, we mean that He is “all-present.” To put it in simpler terms, it means that He’s everywhere at the same time. Just as air is present where I am right now, but also where you are, so is the presence of God. It’s amazing, right?
God is not confined to the sky, although in our minds we tend to hold Him there as captive as though He can’t leave. Neither can He be held in any building or in any amount of space because He has no bounds (Acts 17:24).
It’s a good thing too because that means that we have a God that is never too busy for us and is always there when we need Him. We can have His undivided attention at any time. How many others can we say that about?
God is Omnipotent
In addition to being omnipresent, God is also omnipotent. He’s all powerful. Remember that song you may have heard growing up? “He’s got the whole world, in His hands, He’s got the whole wide world, in His hands, He’s got the whole world, in His hands, He’s got the whole world in His hands.”
Just be thankful that you only had to read that and that you didn’t have to hear me sing it. But, it’s true. God’s got the whole world and all power in His hands. The entire universe bends to His will. Consider how He only spoke the words, “Let there be light,” and light came into existence (Genesis 1:3).
Think about how He placed the sun and the moon in their respective places, and how the waters don’t dare to go beyond the boundaries that He’s set for them (Proverbs 8:27-29). Even the winds and the waves obey Him (Matthew 8:23-27). He has the power to change minds and the power to change hearts (Exodus 9:12).
He has the power to build up and He has the power to tear down. He’s done everything from bringing down walls (Joshua 6:20), to enabling a barren woman to give birth to her first child at the ripe old age of ninety (Genesis 21:2).
He’s healed the sick (2 Kings 20:1-5), He’s raised the dead (Acts 2:23-24), and everything else in-between. He has the power to do anything, but one thing He cannot do is fail. There is no power higher than that of the Almighty God. His power is limitless.
God is Omniscient
Now, revisit your childhood again for just a moment. Think about a time when you got into some type of trouble or did something you knew you weren’t supposed to, but you managed to get away with it by hiding it from your parents.
Do you remember the feeling of victory that swept over you when you found out you were in the clear? Well, that isn’t happening with God. That’s because He is what we call omniscient, which means that He is “all-knowing.” He knows everything. You’re never going to pull a fast one on Him.
God declares, “…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like Me. I declare the end from the beginning …” (Isaiah 46:9-10 HCSB). He knows the end from the beginning because He holds the pen in His hand, and He is the author of every story. The Lord knows all our thoughts, He sees what’s in our hearts, and He knows our every hope and desire.
He also knows the length of our days on earth, and He’s aware of every hair that’s on our heads. Our Father recognizes when we’re troubled, He sees when we’re hurting, and He knows how to lift us up and encourage us. Today, if you’re seeking God with a sincere heart, trust me – He knows that too. And He will reward you.
God Is Holy
The word “holy,” as it pertains to The Almighty God, means to be “exalted or worthy of complete devotion, as one perfect in goodness and righteousness” (Dictionary).
Basically, it means that there is no evil nor darkness in God. He is clean, pure, and perfect in every way. He hates sin and despises wickedness. His holiness is what separates Him from all other beings.
Because God is holy, He is to be worshiped and reverenced out of fear, respect, and awe. He alone deserves it, and He alone is worthy of it.
God Doesn’t Change
In Malachi 3:6, God says, “For I am the Lord, I change not…” It’s good to know that unlike our encounters with people, we don’t have to adjust our personalities to fit whatever mood God is feeling, on any given day. He is who He is, and He is that all the time.
He’s good all the time, and He is always holy. He’s not a human, so he doesn’t lie or change His mind like we so often do (Numbers 23:19). If He said it back then, then it is still true today. His stance on evil is always the same and He doesn’t take back the promises that He’s made. He doesn’t say that He’s going to do something and then not do it. Therefore, we can be confident that we can trust and believe in God’s word.
Also, God’s love for His children doesn’t change. He loves us at the highest degree today, and thankfully there’s nothing we can do to make Him love us any less tomorrow. There’s also no good deed we can perform to make Him love us more next week. His love is unfailing, and His love is unchanging.
In addition to His unwavering love, God’s power doesn’t change either. I once heard a wise pastor say, that God doesn’t lose power just because He uses it. God’s power bank never drains or becomes empty.
If He had the power to heal the sick back in King Hezekiah’s day (2 Kings 20:1-7), then we can be confident that He can still heal our sick and diseased bodies today. And if Jesus was working miracles over 2,000 years ago, He still has the power to work a miracle for you and me today.
Times change and people change, but God does not change. He never has, and He never will. This is a good thing for us, because we can rest in the fact that His goodness will always remain the same.
God Is Love
Can you think of a time when you were building or creating something that you were excited about, such as a written paper, a work of art, a presentation, or something else that you had high hopes for, but for whatever reason it came out horribly wrong?
After you looked over the finished product, noted its many flaws, and considered it hopeless and unredeemable, what did you do? Did you rip it up and throw it away? Did you tear it down and start over? Did you just give up on the idea altogether? Or did you keep it because you believed that it may have future value?
If you’re like me, you probably bull-dozed it, right? The fact is, we’re human. We give up easily, and we throw things away. But I’m so glad that God is not like us. You see, when God created man and He saw that man was evil, He regretted that He made us.
He even planned to wipe us off the face of the Earth because of our wickedness, until one faithful man, named Noah, found grace in the sight of the Lord (Genesis 6:5-8). Primarily because of God’s mercy, love, and compassion, but also because of Noah’s obedience, God preserved His creation rather than destroying it.
He decided to keep us, and He came up with a plan for our redemption. He didn’t just give up on us and throw us away like most of us would do, but instead He loved us. He determined that even though our hearts were wicked, we were worth saving.
The Bible recounts many other instances when God showed His amazing love and mercy. One example is seen in the Old Testament when God’s chosen people, the Israelites, caused Him much grief. There were so many times when the children of Israel turned away from God, angered Him, and broke His heart, yet so many times He forgave them when they cried out to Him.
Regardless of their rebellion, He made sure that His people had everything that they needed. He watched over them and protected them in the same way a good earthly father would do, and He does the same for us today. God’s love is evident throughout scripture and in each of our lives, but among all His good works, the greatest display of His love toward us, was when He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, down from Heaven to die for all our sins.
I mean, think about it. Would you give your one and only child over to a blood-thirsty mob to be killed for the likes of a wicked and evil people? Would you sacrifice only one of them if you had ten children? If you don’t have children, would you do it if you had them?
Certainly not. You wouldn’t sacrifice even a niece, a nephew, or a distant baby cousin. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). There is no greater love than that.