Day 2: God is God
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.”
Exodus 34:6-7 ESV
I was a big chicken of a child. I was afraid of the dark, monsters, and strange noises. Some of my first memories are of some fear I had of something. My parents would try to prove those things I feared weren’t real, and over time I began to realize they were right. But it didn’t change the issue… there is always something to be scared of… always. I simply moved my fear from unreal things to a very real God. I had a skewed perception of God and it didn’t match up to His word. He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger. He is faithful and forgiving. Believing these very things has transformed my fear into faith.
After I began truly walking with God, seeking Him with desire and an obedient heart, the hardest thing to accept was His love for me.
I believed He was in control, almighty, all-knowing. I had no problem with miracles or accepting Him as Creator or the seven literal days in which He created. I’m good with the Trinity — God three Persons in One. But, I knew me. I knew what kind of sinner I was. I believed Jesus died for me on the cross, yet I believed He did so grudgingly and simply because His Father told Him He had to. I believed I was tolerated.
Believers must believe God is who He says He is in Scripture, that He loves us and desires a personal relationship with us.
God is our Creator.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. —Genesis 1:27 ESV
Yes, we are created in God’s image, but do not make the mistake of putting human limitations on God.
In the book of Jeremiah, God explains to the prophet the nature of our relationship with Him. He is the potter and we are the clay (Jeremiah 18:1-6). Now, would you put the limited characteristics of a finished clay pot onto the potter who made it? No, they are vastly different. The creator is always greater than his creation. So even though God made us in His image with the desire and ability to love, relate, and create, our Creator is far superior on every level.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. —Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
Our Creator, vastly superior in power and knowledge, loves us deeply and desires to relate to us on a personal level. His reason for everything is love for you!
We love because he first loved us. —1John 4:19 ESV
Talk It Out
Talk it over with yourself:
Find one characteristic of God in the Bible. In your journal, cite the Scripture reference and give a brief explanation of what this aspect of God means to you.
If your Bible has a concordance in the back, look up God and find verses containing the phrase God is… or go to the book of Psalms where many of the passages praise God for who He is.
Talk it over with God:
Now use God’s own words about Himself to praise Him in prayer, using the verse you chose above. Praise Him for the characteristic you found, tell Him how great He is. Ask God to allow you to feel His love for you and to increase your knowledge of Him.
Wondrously show your steadfast love… Keep me as the apple of your eye…
Psalm 17:7, 8 ESV
Exercise Your Faith
Let’s give thanks to a God who is _____________________________. (Fill in the blank with your chosen character trait of God.)
_____ __________ is the ____________________ of things ___________ for, the ___________________ of things _______ ____________. _______________ 11:1