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What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #14

Worthy of trust… 

[I know this is getting a little lengthy for blog reading. But how does one talk about the way God is in 100 words or less. I couldn’t hardly “tweet” it all in 140 characters. So, hang in there with me for maybe another five or six offerings. I’d also like to hear from you about your thoughts…]

As I started down my own road of personal loss, one of the things the Lord seemed to convey consistently to me was: “Trust me!” I have to be honest, at first it was pretty tough for me to trust him when it seemed like he was either causing or allowing my losses. Everything I had believed and had encouraged others to believe was being tested. Like anyone else, I’ve had plenty of bouts with doubts over the years, but the temptation to question his trustworthiness intensified during this bleak time in my life. I had to decide whether or not I was going to continue trusting him even though he wasn’t coming to my rescue like a superhero. Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #13

Perfectly wise…

“… the only wise God” Romans 16:27

I include it in a discussion about God’s character because wisdom is not the acquisition of a lot of knowledge or some higher form of intelligence. They say, “If you want knowledge go to college,” but wisdom is not gained in a class or a textbook; it’s a moral thing, a matter of character. “Wisdom” is knowing what to do, having the desire to do it, and the will to go ahead and do it. It may begin with knowledge, but then resolves itself like a good melody into character. Wise people, says Solomon – a converted Solomon – have moral integrity; they have character. Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #10

He’s a lover…

Of all the ways to describe what God is like, this is the most legendary. He loved the world enough to send his Son, he loved us while we were still sinners, he loves us in our state of paltry sanctification. How great is the vast and fearless love of God! His love endures forever. As long as God lives, God loves. Pardon the double negative, but God will never not love! Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #9

What does mercy look like?

Bible writers tell us that God is rich in mercy, full of mercy, great in mercy; and the immoderate source of tender mercies. As previously promised, I’ll avoid the technicalities of original language or theological complexities. Suffice it to say, there are several original words in both testaments that are translated “mercy,” the nuance of each is a shade distinct from the others:  pity, kindness, loving kindness, kindly affection, compassion. One of the terms even means to be so moved with empathy that the insides of the mercy-giver convulse! Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #8

Full of mercy…

I want to say again that it’s not my intent to dissect God, like a frog, into pieces so we can study him. Nothing life-changingly good comes from anyone’s attempt to take him apart and examine him. I simply want to know him as best I can the way he actually is. We’re not trying to build a God-model out of a box of parts. These qualities of his that we’re talking about don’t so much add up to be God. These aren’t “God’s parts” as much as they are a few of the things about his ineffable character about which he chose to grant us a glimpse. Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #7

Predictably good…

The Jesus character in The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis is a fierce lion named, “Aslan.” One of Aslan’s most notable characteristics was his unpredictability. He seemed capricious, almost fickle at times. He would show up sometimes and save the day, and at other times he would wait and sort of let things run their course. There were times when he would only show himself to one person and remain invisible to the rest. One of the characters in the first book of the series asked another about Aslan, “Is he safe?” He replied, “No. He‘s not safe, but he’s good.” Continue reading

What God is Like (Musings on the character of God) #6

It began to seem that his blessings were more randomly than uniformly distributed than I had once believed. The “God-always-does-this-and-not-that” approach to which I had previously ascribed didn’t seem nearly as valid as it once had. I used to think that he distributed blessings at more predictable increments along our path. Now it seems like he tosses them out like dice. He doesn’t seem so nearly as “in control” as I had once believed. That’s why I call him the “Sometimes God” and claim that he’s “In control but not controlling.”

He’s the God who watched as one apostle was beheaded, and then shortly afterward, rescued another from the same fate (Acts 12). What’s up with that?! I guess if I knew a conclusive answer to that, I wouldn’t be me – I’d be him, and I’m pretty sure that’s not the case. I’m not even a very good me, let alone a good him.

Anymore it’s not often that I ask him “why” he does what he does. To the why question he usually gives me answers that all pretty much sound like “Trust me.” Over time I’ve become more content not knowing why. I don’t need all the answers as long as I know he has them. I guess I could say that I’m a bit more at ease with his decisions these days. Continue reading