The True God

O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?”  Deu 3:24

How do we live this Christian life as it is meant to be lived?  Many ask this question, and there can be as many answers as their are those who ask the question.  Most answers given are either incomplete or completely wrong.  There are many books that have been written discussing this topic and presenting various answers to it’s readers.  Sermons, lectures and classes have been offered to help the attendees try to live the Christian life as God intended.  However, most of these things end up being a list of do’s and don’ts.  What too many do not understand is that our actions alone do not allow us to live the true Christian life.  We can do all the right things, but still miss the heart of the matter.  It does not matter what we do, but who we are and who we believe God is.

Now, who we are as Christians is directly related to our concept of who God is.  If we believe He is predominantly a giver of gifts. then we will act accordingly with a prayer life that is pretty much a list of our wants and desires.  If we see Him as someone who is stern and just waiting for us to fail so He can hit is in the head with a bat, then we will cower before Him in fear.  And for those of us who are fathers, we have a great influence on how our children view God, for He is known as our Heavenly Father.  Growing up, my view of God was colored by how I saw my father.  I want to preface this by saying I know He loved me, but He was also a very stern man who did not tolerate failure.  Hence, I saw God as someone, as I said above, who was waiting for me to fail so He could immediately punish me.  Friends of mine growing up had fathers who were not involved in their lives, so I can imagine their view of God might be one who is distant and uncaring, except where He is needed.  All these examples are simply caricatures of the true God.  And they affect they way we view God, and consequently the way we live our Christian life.

Another thing to keep in mind is that our priorities are also based on our view of God.  If He is preeminent in our lives, that will be shown by how we conduct ourselves.  We will place a great priority in meeting with the church body, what many deem ‘going to church.’  It will also show itself in how often and seriously we read and study the scriptures, go into our prayer closet to spend concerted time in prayer and worship, as well as how we hunger and thirst for righteousness, holiness and obeying His commands.  If these are not exhibiting themselves in our Christian walk, then we either have a problem with our view of God, or we are ambivalent.  And I pray it is the former.

So, what should be our view of God?  First of all, we must understand that we will never fully know Him, for we are finite and He is not.  The infinite cannot be understand the finite.  Therefore, we will never have an absolute understanding.  However, we can know all that He has revealed in His scriptures.  And this is what I want to lay out.  I will lay out three sets of scriptures.  Those dealing with His

  1. Omnipotence
  2. Omniscience
  3. Omnipresence

Please take the time to meditate and study these scriptures.  We must understand that He is worthy of all the devotion, adoration, obedience, worship, praise and sacrifice we can give.  What a privilege to be able to spend time with the all powerful and all knowing creator of all there is, who is everywhere at one time.  How can we take this opportunity for granted, or count it as a trivial thing.

First, His Omnipotence

  • With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?  The dead tremble under the waters and their inhabitants.  Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.  He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.  He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not split open under them.  He covers the face of the full moon and spreads over it his cloud.  He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness.   The pillars of heaven tremble and are astounded at his rebuke.  By his power he stilled the sea; by his understanding he shattered Rahab.  By his wind the heavens were made fair; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent.  Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”  Job 26:4
  • It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.   When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.”  Jer 10:12
  • And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  Col 1:7
  • Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”  1 Chr 29:11-12
  • “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”  Job 42:2
  • Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”  Psa 147:5
  • He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 

    having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”  Heb 1:3-4

  • Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” Dan 2:20-22
  • All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”  Dan 4:35
  • Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,”  Isa 44:42
  • As it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.”  Rom 4:17

His Omniscience

  • Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”  Psa 147:5
  • For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”  1 Joh 3:20
  • Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”  Isa 40:28
  • “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jer 1:5
  • To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …”  Psa 139:1-6
  • Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? Whom did he consult, and who made him understand? Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?”  Isa 40:13-14
  • “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.”  1 Chr 28:9
  • But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”  Mat 10:30
  • And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  Heb 4:13
  • Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”  Rom 11:33-36
  • For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”  Isa 57:15

His Omnipresence

  • The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”  Pro 15:3
  • Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.”  Jer 23:24
  • Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”  Psa 139:7-10
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Mat 28:19-20
  • For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  Mat 18:20
  • When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”  Isa 43:2
  • That they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,”  Act 17:27
  • know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.”  Deu 4:39
  • Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?”  Isa 66:1
  • But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?”  1 Kin 8:27
  • And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”  Eph 1:22-23

These are just a small subset of the scriptures that speak of who God truly is.  Unfortunately, many do not take the time to read the scriptures beyond a small devotional or a favorite verse.  And too many simply read without trying to truly understand what is actually being said.  We should pray before and after reading, asking the Holy Spirit who dwells within us to teach us what His Word is actually saying.  He has revealed much about Himself, and we must read the whole of scripture, and not just those that promise us blessings or help through times of trouble, which I will not in anyway denigrate, but there are so many that reveal God, the true God, which often goes unread.  I encourage everyone reading this post to meditate on the verses above, search the scriptures for more that give us insight into His true and complete character and person, and get to know Him personally through prayer and fellowship.  Get to know the real God, and you will be more equipped to follow Him as He commands and desires, and you will be able to live the Christian life as it was intended to be lived, in love, adoration, worship and obedience to Him who created and loves us far beyond our ability to comprehend.

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