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The Greatness of God: Characteristics Beyond Our Understanding

The Greatness of GodJob 37:5 says concerning God: "Great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend." There are many characteristics which we can believe God possesses, yet we cannot understand how He can be so great.

Consider, for example, the power of God. Jeremiah 32:17 says that "nothing is too hard" for God. He is the living God who, in six days, created the sun, moon, and stars and everything on the earth and in the seas, including all the plants and animals and even man himself (Genesis 1). He is the God who, by mighty signs, proved Jesus to be His Son. And then when wicked men killed His Son, God raised Him from the dead! (1 Corinthians 6:14) Do we appreciate the power of our God?

Then consider the wisdom of God. Psalm 147:5 says, "His understanding is infinite." Astronomers tell us that there are so many stars that man cannot even see them all, but the Bible says God counts all the stars and calls them all by name (Psalm 147:4). God is so concerned about His creatures that He knows when every sparrow falls. He knows the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:29,30). And still more serious, He knows every thought, imagination, and intent of our hearts (Jeremiah 17.10; 1 Chron. 28:9). Surely this is a great God.

But finally consider the love and goodness of God. Ephesians 3:19 says that the love of God passes knowledge: we cannot understand it. How many of us would allow our only son to be killed so our enemies could escape a punishment they deserved? This is exactly what God did. All mankind deserved eternal death. But "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." — John 3:16

Do you believe in this great God? Do you believe in Him enough to do what He says? (Galatians 5:6; James 2:24)

(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2015;

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