Because there is no way to comprehend the vast depth of our holy God, we are at risk of conjuring up in our minds what we want Him to be. This is not acceptable, but is a form of idolatry. We can only begin to know who God is by the revelation of His Word – what He has revealed to us.
David said of Him, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). And, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all” (1 Chronicles 29:11). We can’t say it any better than the Apostle Paul: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out” (Romans 11:33)! The glimpses of God we observe from His Word are far, far from complete.
When considering the question of “What is God?” The answer can be this: God is Spirit (John 4:24), infinite (Jeremiah 23:24), eternal, (Psalm 90:2), and unchangeable (Malachi 3:6) in His being (James 1:17), wisdom (Psalm 147:5), power (Revelation 19:6), holiness (1 Samuel 2:2), justice (Psalm 7:11), goodness (Psalm 107:8), and truth (Deuteronomy 32:4).
Read the following passages and discuss together which attributes of God each passage mentions:
- Exodus 34:4-8
- Exodus 20:4-6
- Job 42:2
- Isaiah 40:25-28
- Psalm 48:3-5
- Psalm 90:1-6
- Psalm 147:1-7
- 1 John 4:7-11
- 2 Peter 3:8-9
Now, consider the following questions:
- Can we ever fully describe or understand God?
- After reading these passages, do you think you have a clearer understanding of who God is?
- Which attribute(s) of God do you sometimes fail to think about?
- Which attribute(s) of God gives you hope? Comfort?
Review the memory verse with your family.
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
Spend some time praising God for who He is (be specific). Thank Him for those attributes that give you hope, comfort, and peace. Thank God that at the Cross He demonstrated both His justice and His love, and ask Him to help you live in the light of who He is.