We all have our own personal view of Who God is. We’ve learned about God from others, and our experiences in life, especially in our families and churches, have influenced our picture of Him. The Bible is the final authority that defines God. We experience Him beyond what the Word of God says, but the more we study Scripture, the more we can learn of Him. Here are 10 things, found in Scripture, that you may not know about Him.
10 Things You May Not Know About God
1. God is creative. God is much more colorful and imaginative than He is often portrayed to be. Scientists today say that there are 8.7 million species recorded, with many yet to be identified. There are about 20,000 species of butterflies, alone. The Milky Way contains 100 billion stars. Yes, God is big, and He’s not boring. Any portrayal of God as plain and dry is just not accurate. Psalm 8:3-4 says,
“When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?”
God is not a stoic, uninterested Father.
Other things that delight Him: fair bartering scales (Proverbs 11:1), cheerful giving (2 Corinthians 9:7), honesty (Proverbs 12:22), blamelessness in our walk (Proverbs 11:20), lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth (Jeremiah 9:24). When we obey His Word, He is pleased.
3. God still speaks. In John 10:27, Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” God is not distant and cold. He knows us and we should listen for His direction, because He wants us to follow Him every day of our lives.
4. God wants us to speak with Him. Prayer is a major theme in Scripture. Prayer is speaking not just to God or reciting a list. It’s a conversation where we speak to Him, just as we speak to one another, and we submit to the Holy Spirit’s responses to our words. Psalm 17:6 says, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”
5. God is not constrained by human limitations. God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Omni is the Latin root that means all. God knows all, and His knowledge is transcendent, which means “existing apart from and not subject to the limitations of the material universe.” Isaiah 55:9 says,
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
6. God is holy. Holy doesn’t just mean without sin. Isaiah 6:3 says, “And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’” The Greek word holy is hagios ((hag’-ee-os), which means set apart (by or for) God, holy, sacred. This means that God is unchanged by sin, that He is “safe” and uncorruptible.
In His presence we are convicted of our need for His grace and mercy.
God is eternally worshipped in Heaven as holy. Revelation 4:8 says;
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.’”
7. God has many names, but Jesus called Him “Abba, Father.” Abba is Aramaic for “Father.” Both Jesus and Paul refer to God as “Abba, Father.” (See Mark 14:36, Romans 8:15 and Galatians 4:6). In the Old Testament, many of God’s names start with the Hebrew prefix El, which means might, strength, power. For example, El Shaddai means God Almighty. When Jesus came, He demonstrated God’s intimate concern for each of us by referring to God as Father above all of the names used traditionally.
The model prayer given by Jesus, in fact, starts by addressing God intimately. Jesus said, “So then, this is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 23:9) Interestingly, after addressing God as Father, we are told to acknowledge his holiness. Hallowed is another form of holy. Not only is He our father, but He’s our set apart Father, that is He is not wrought with the sinfulness of our earthly fathers. He is uncorruptible, safe and infinitely loving, untainted by the fallibility of all humans.
We sometimes superimpose the fallibility and humanity of our earthly fathers and authorities onto God.
When God is at work in our lives, we sometimes “review” His work before the process is complete. We pass judgement on His incomplete work. Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” A big component in faith is trusting that God will come through, and it will be good. Remember Genesis 3:31, when God called what He had done good? That’s His way, always. We can trust Him.
9. God is unpredictable. God’s creativity is evident throughout Scripture, but so is His unpredictability. Some Old Testament stories border on bizarre, if you are honest. Swallowed by a large fish? A talking Donkey? Walls collapsing with a mighty shout? This is actually how all of our lives are. In fact, the more you run toward God and implore Him to use you, the more the miracles appear and surprises wait around every corner.
Expect surprises and hidden treasures with God.
10. God is unchanging. You can rely on God. He’s not whimsical and moody. He is patient, kind and generous. In Numbers 23:19 it says;
“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?”
God is still creative, His still delights in us and wants to be in relationship with us as our Father, He is still all-powerful, knowing and present, is still holy, good, unpredictable and unchanging. He is active, vibrant, loving and faithful. Consider what you "know" about Him and be open to adjusting your views as you grow to know more and more of Scripture. You will see and experience that He loves you now, and He always will.