This is another post in the series titled, The Healer of Our Souls. The posts in this series focus on how the truth of God’s Word brings healing to all wounded parts of our soul.To read more in this series, click here.
My heart is often fickle. I sing praise to God about His wonders and grace when life is going well. I testify to everyone about what He has done and how He has answered my prayers. But then once life makes a turn and I face an obstacle or a trial, I complain, question God, and doubt the very grace I once praised.
What is wrong with me?
When the circumstances in my life change from rosy to fair or even worse, does that mean God has changed? Is He only good if He is giving me good things and whatever I ask for? And what about when the trials linger, does that mean His power has diminished or that He’s lost His love for me?
While my head would say that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “No” the truth is, my heart often responds with a “Yes.”
Oh, that God would give me grace to make what my head knows to be true to be what my heart lives out as truth!
The truth is, I project my own human limitations and expectations on God. This is why my heart questions His love, power, or grace when life gets hard. But God is not the one who changes, I do. I am the fickle Queen of Broken Promises, with swinging emotions and a distracted heart.
While I may be ever changing, there is one thing that is constant, dependable and sure. There is one thing I can count on when I journey through deep valleys and grope in the darkness of uncertainty. Like keeping my eyes on the level horizon when a storm rages at sea, there is one constant I can look to when the storms of life rage in my soul.
The character of God.
God never changes. He is always faithful and keeps every promise. He never tires, feels helpless, or loses his power. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” And he is always, always good.
Jesus prayed for the disciples, “Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth” (John 17:17). It is the truth of God’s word which changes us, sanctifies us, transforms us–from the inside out. When it comes to the character of God, the more I study His word to learn about his attributes, the more in awe I will be. The more I dwell on the unshakable truths about God, the more I am utterly moved that he would ever love me. And my own love and trust for him grows as I splash in the joy of being known and loved by our amazing God.
Below are just a few of the attributes or character traits of God found in Scripture. Will you join me in studying and learning more about who God is? As you study these attributes of God, consider using them in your prayers. Thank God for each of his characteristics. Use them in prayers of praise. Confess how you may have failed to trust him for these attributes. Ask him to apply them to your heart so that you might have deeper faith and love for him.
Eternal: Genesis 21:33, Revelation 1:8
Infinite: Psalm 33:11, 90:1-2, 145:13, Hebrews 1:8-12)
Good: Psalm 25:8, 34:8, Titus 3:4
Incomprehensible: Job 5:9, Isaiah 40:28, 55:8, Romans 11:33
Omnipotent: Genesis 18:14, Jeremiah 27:5, Matthew 19:26
Truth: Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 45:19, John 3:33
Faithful: Psalm 33:4, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Omniscient: 1 Kings 8:39, Proverbs 3:19-20, 1 Corinthians 2:10
Majestic: Exodus 15:7, Job 37:22, Jude 25
Supreme: Colossians 1:15, Exodus 15:1, Revelation 19:11-16
Gracious: Nehemiah 9:1, Exodus 34:6-7, Isaiah 26:10
Holy: Isaiah 6:3, Psalm 77:13, 1 Peter 1:15-16
Faithful: Genesis 28:15, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 10:23
Creator: Genesis 1:3, Jeremiah 27:5, 2 Corinthians 5:5
Accessible: Deuteronomy 4:7, Matthew 6:6, Ephesians 3:12
Immutable: 1 Samuel 15:29, Psalm 33:11, James 1:17
Just: Deuteronomy 32:4, Job 37:23, Hebrews 12:29, 1 John 1:9
Provider: Psalm 23:1, Matthew 6:33, 1 Corinthians 2:9
Wisdom: Isaiah 28:29, 1 Corinthians 1:30, Colossians 2:2-3
Savior: Psalm 27:1, 68:19, John 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 1:9
Sovereign: Isaiah 46:10, Daniel 4:35, Ephesians 1:11
Love: Psalm 33:5,18, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:17-19
Kind: 2 Samuel 22:51, Isaiah 54:8, Romans 11:22
Merciful: 2 Samuel 24:14, Jeremiah 29:11, 2 Corinthians 12:9
Perfect: Deuteronomy 32:4, 2 Samuel 22:31, Matthew 5:48
One and Only: Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 Timothy 2:5
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