I could share some stories from my life or the lives of others that might inspire you. And sometimes I do that. But today I’d rather encourage you with some truths about God’s character and attributes. Here are six truths about God that can change your life if you believe and act upon them:
1. God’s Love Is Unfailing
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT).
There’s nothing you can do to destroy God’s love for you. It’s neither diminished nor increased by your actions. If you had been the only one who needed salvation, Jesus would still have died for you. (See John 3:16) God’s love never fails.
2. God’s Character Is Unchangeable
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV).
Shadows move and shift with the sun. But God, who created and controls the sun does not change. He is not a shadow, but the real deal. All other relationships will change and even leave, but God never will. (See Hebrews 13:5, NIV)
3. God’s Power Is Unlimited
“For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37, NASB).
God loves the word impossible. But He usually chooses to use impossible feats when it will cause others to know He is God–and it will bring Him glory. It’s not an ego thing; it’s a miraculous, truly amazing act of grace. God has nothing to prove. No one can defeat it; no one can explain it, no one can contain it. God’s power has no boundaries. Where we think, “No way!” God says, “Yes, My Way!”
4. God’s Forgiveness Is Unsearchable
You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19, NKJV).
You can look for them diligently. You can remind God of them repeatedly. But you won’t find your sins once God has forgiven them. No submarine can plummet the ocean’s depths and uncover them. No diver can bring them to the surface. Your sins–and God’s forgiveness–are unsearchable and completely mystifying. His forgiveness is complete.
5. God’s Promises Are Unending
Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands (Deuteronomy 7:9, NLT).
Faithfulness is at the core of God’s character. His promises don’t depend on His whims or moods. God is as good as His Word. In fact, He is the Word. You won’t find security like that in any relationship or in any bank account. His promises–and God’s faithfulness –never ends.
6. God’s Sovereignty Is Unexplainable.
Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out (Romans 11:33, MSG).
God is the Blessed Controller. That means we are not. To the believer, that’s both unnerving and comforting. Sovereignty makes God boss, not us. But it means we don’t have to worry about things out of our control–because those same things are under His control. I can rest, even when I don’t understand what or why certain things are happening to me or around me. God’s sovereignty and wisdom is unexplainable, because His ways are truly not our ways. Knowing that makes trusting Him imperative.
Unconditional love, unchangeable character, unlimited power, unsearchable forgiveness, unending promises, and unexplainable sovereignty. I don’t know what those truths about God do for you. But they are extremely encouraging and life-changing to me. The Psalmist best describes my feelings in Psalms 73:25-26 (NIV):
Whom have in heaven but You? And there is none on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (NKJV).
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord, no words can describe Your character. No adequate praise has ever been offered to fully honor all You are and have been to us. Fill us with these truths until our lives overflow with their life-changing power. Teach us; change us; help us to know You more deeply, to trust You more implicitly, and to love you more completely.
Which truths about God’s character mean the most to you? Which are the most life-changing?