Let us spend a bit of time contemplating and praising God for Who He is! So many times I tell others, “Spend time praising the Lord for when we praise Him for Who He is then we will begin to know a little more about Him. One Puritan writer commented to the effect that we can never plumb the depth of God but when we begin to grasp a little more of God then our minds begin to broaden. The only way we can truly stretch our mind is to dwell on God Himself. Let’s broaden our minds this day and see how great God is!
“What is God like?” Here is a question we hear within the Church today. Children, older people, middle-aged people, so many people wonder about God and seem very unsatisfied if it’s not answered according to their liking yet we cannot answer it according to man’s liking but God’s!
Before we can start with something that we don’t understand, it becomes imperative to start with something we do understand. It is still important to realize that we will NEVER be able to understand God completely. God is beyond all time and space and we cannot bring Him down to our level. To do so is to make an idol in place of the One true God! Many have tried to bring God down to their level, especially in the ‘Word of Faith’ movement. They speak forth of things they do not know, having never bothered to read and understand Scripture. They show forth a god of their own making who is weak and scarcely more powerful then the gods of ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
What is man compared to God? Do we worship a god that must bow to our wills and who is taken by surprise whenever anything happens? Do we worship a god that wrings his hands in helpless agony as he watches man take the wrong path? Does he say, “Oh, I so wanted to help you, mankind, but you’re not really letting me. Please, I beg of you, let me help you. I know your will is so much greater then mine and I must let you do whatever you want. Oh dear, that shouldn’t have happened but since it did, now I need to do something to correct it!” Of course not! God is bigger then anything we can even begin to understand. What little bit we do understand of Him is still not comprehensible to our finite minds! (Eccl. 3:11; Ps. 92:5, 6) God is beyond comprehension in that He knows all His ways and we cannot even begin to know the part of them!
Romans 11:33 shares with us, “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!” His judgments are unsearchable and we cannot find out all His ways. This makes the wisdom and knowledge of God beyond our comprehension! The wonderful thing is that if we lack wisdom all we have to do is ask of God, Who gives to men bountifully and does not rebuke!
I have listened to atheists who like to declare, very arrogantly, that they have studied the Bible thoroughly and believe there is no God. With the same breath they declare that man can go to heaven simply by kind acts done to others. They use some Scripture to back their claim and yet there is still within their words a lack of understanding. God can only be understood, in part, based on His Word and the faith that He reveals to those whom He desires to reveal it. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17.
” When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven…” Matt. 16:13-17.
So, what exactly is meant by the question, “What is God like?” We cannot know what God is like in and of Himself but He has certainly revealed many of His attributes within Scripture. We would do well to read Scripture and dwell on the Almighty in His perfection. God, in His condescension, has poured out His love by allowing us to see a tiny bit of Himself. May we seek the answers within His word and broaden our minds through the contemplation of the Holy One!
For more on the incomprehension of God, read A.W. Tozer’s book called “The Knowledge of the Holy.”