Behold Your God
At the recommendation of a good friend and mentor, Steve Youngblood, I went through a study called, "Behold Your God" by John Snyder recently. It's a 12-week study on rethinking God Biblically, complete with study guide a 12 DVD's. The study books offer 5 lessons per week which are not just short devotions you can quickly flip and read through. They are thought provoking and demand truthful self examination.
I found myself reliving many religious events in my life, good and not so good. The study caught me in many misconceived ideas and concepts of God, some rooted deep in my walk with God. I also found myself looking forward to going through this study again--and that's exactly what I intend to do--and take notes.
"The goal of this study is not to relieve us of our emptiness, fix our families, grow our churches, or even to find our significance and sense of purpose in Him. The goal of this study is to see God's name lifted high above all else."
What we think about God, of God, is the single most important thing about us. God is incomprehensible, and knowable. Only with His help, we can touch the edges of His being, His character. One only if we seek Him with a humble heart, with all our heart.
So let's get into the study.
We are mistaken when we try to describe or think of God is human terms. He is nothing like man or any part of His creation. He is the Creator. It is who He is, not merely how He acts.
God is omnipotent. He is all-powerful. He doesn't have to work at being almighty, that's who He is. This is one of His attributes. He acts of out being almighty, He doesn't chose to act or not to act almighty. He is.
His attributes, each attribute, is in perfect harmony with all other attributes. None clash with each other. He is in perfect peace with Himself, there are no conflicts what-so-ever.
Being incomprehensible is another attribute of God. Although He has made a way to know Him personally, He can never be figured out. No other created being, angel, saint, pope--no one, can ever fully grasp the boundlessness of God. Being incomprehensible is who He is and He's the only one that knows Himself.
God is infinite. He has no limits upon His person. That means every attribute is infinitely, immeasurably, limitlessly full. If you try to use your mind to capture the vastness of God's character, he will pour over the edges of your imagination.
Psalms 145:3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; His greatness is so vast and deep as to be unsearchable.
Jeremiah 23:23-34 "Am I a God near to hand," says the Lord. "And not a God afar off?" Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?" say the Lord. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" says the Lord.
Psalms 139:17-18 How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake I am still with you.
Job 5:8-9 But as for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause--who does great things, unsearchable, marvelous things without number.
Job 9:10 Who does great things past finding out, yes wonders without number.
Job 11:7-9 Can you search out the deep things of God? Or can you by searching find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaver--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader then the sea.
Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; the number of His years is unsearchable.
Job 26:14 Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?