I have found myself in quite a few discussions lately about who God is.
Far too often my fallen mind takes me to thoughts about Him that are simply untrue. When I find myself on the verge of committing an area of my life to Him, I worry that I will immediately be tested, and ultimately fail the test, proving to myself and to Him that I never really meant it in the first place. I have found this mindset to be true among many believers today, as if He is a God of vengeance. As if the moment we open up our trembling hands to give whatever it is we’re clinging to up to Him, He snatches it away with a scowl on His face as we stand there unhappy and alone.
And then I have to remind myself. I cannot compare who He is to the only thing I know and am comfortable with – humanity. Sinful man.
Because He is not like us. (Numbers 23:19)
He does not change with the coming tides. (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8)
He is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
And He is for us.
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one – for God himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39
Because He loves us, He desires only the best for us. He desires His best for the young girl struggling to give her relationship over to Him. For the father deciding to break the chain of sin and be the best godly example he can be. For the widow who has lost the only future she ever knew. And for the senior adult desiring to finish stronger than he began.
Because these things are true, we must live in the knowledge that He is trustworthy. He is just. He is love. And the beautiful thing is, nothing we can do will ever stop Him from being who He is.