Bible and Theology
The Characteristics of God
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Apr 24, 2020
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In our skeptical and scientific world, it seems we have lost our childlike sense of wonder and awe. We fail to notice the daily miracles surrounding us. Jesus warns us, "[A]nyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it" (Mark 10:15). Jesus tells us to call upon God with the wonder and amazement of a child. He calls us to believe in Him with the trusting nature of a child. He wants to see our excitement every time we seek His face.

There are so many qualities about God and so many things He has done for us that are awe-inspiring. In Psalm 139, we see David's praises for four of God's awesome characteristics: His knowledge, presence, power, and judgment.

Jesus tells us to call upon God with the wonder and amazement of a child.

When we think of God's omniscience, we often associate it with His knowledge of the big, eternal picture, yet He also knows the very deepest corners of our hearts. Our Creator knows us inside and out—better than we know ourselves. He knows what we're going to say even before we say it (see Psalm 139:1-4).

David also praises God for His omnipresence (see Psalm 139:7, 9-10). We cannot go anyplace where God is not already present—physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Even during our darkest days, we know that God is right there in the midst of our situation with us.

Our God is omnipotent, able to create life itself (see Psalm 139:13-14). How amazing is our God who designed everything from the tiniest cell in our body to the grandest star in the universe!

David concludes his psalm by acknowledging God's perfect judgment. God loves His children enough to purify and to refine their hearts (see Psalm 139:23-24).

Have you lost your wonder and awe of God? Do you take the intricacies of His creation for granted? Spend some time reflecting on the awe-inspiring work of God and recapture the wonder of a child.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your amazing nature! Thank You for the way You care for me through Your knowledge, presence, power, and judgment. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?" (Numbers 23:19).