“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterwards they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” ( Jam 1:12; NIV)
Our God is awesome. His great and unique attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence are incomparable to any, and they reveal His greatness.
His nature of love, faithfulness, holiness and jealousy (Josh 24:19), righteousness, justice, mercy, etc places Him in a class of His own. He stands out from all! There’s none like Him (2Kgs19:15).
This wonderful combination of His nature is something that those who believe in God should always factor into their perceptions and whatever knowledge they have about Him, and learn to always maintain the needed balance. His personality is so unique that He desires that His people focus on who He is at all times. He declares and affirms His superiority over all, “there is no other god but Me!” (Deut 32:39); and “l alone are God!” (Is a 43:10).
Now, how are we supposed to relate to God in view of all these facts? It should reflect in the quality of our attitude towards Him, and in the way we perceive of Him “to be”. Our perception about God should agree with Who He has revealed Himself to be.
Yet, many times especially in our difficult moments, what we do know about God or who He really is does not play out at all, or influence what we are likely to think or do in times of testing and hardship.
What happens is that most of the time we act contrary to what we think we know about God. We suddenly seem to become more wiser, more knowledgeable than God. We think we are more active than God. We also err by assuming that a sense of urgency about the matter at hand is lost on God. We try to impose our thoughts on Him, even attempt to chart a course for Him to follow and act out. Our “small minds” often venture to offer an ” intelligent solution” to God, and we almost completely forget Who He is. Omniscient.
Sometimes too, we become fearful and extremely apprehensive as though God is a weakling, maybe unable to stand up to the presence of evil, though we claim we accept the truth of His omnipotence.
Still, sometimes, we are even tempted to believe that God has “fled the scene out of incompetence” and yet He is very much all-present and ever present too. How often have we prayed, “Where are you, O God?!”
Let’s be consistent in our knowledge of God and the quality of Who He really is. We must be assured that He is indeed what He says He is, and will do just what He says He will do. That’s the measure of our faith in Him. Faith is still an assurance; the assurance of what we hope for (Heb 11:1). Let us then exercise quality faith through quality assurance. Our God is awesome.
Jesus loves you. He longs to be your friend.