Understanding The Incomprehensible God — What?!

Understanding The Incomprehensible God (The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God series) via www.JeanWilund.com

What?!


There’s much I don’t understand. You’re shocked, right?

For instance, I’ll never understand how I can sit on my porch in South Carolina and talk into a small handheld box filled with pieces of metal that transmit a living image of me to a satellite in space which shoots that image to my daughter’s phone in a taro field in Hawaii that sends her image back to the satellite and into my phone so we can casually, instantly, seamlessly chat for an hour. 

What?!

I don’t understand any of that — except the part where she’s sitting in a taro field in Hawaii and I’m on my back porch in South Carolina. And I barely understand that. Especially the taro field part.

Oh, and the talking part. I get that, too, sort of. Ok, not really. How do our brains tell our vocal chords what vibrations to make? And how do our bodies turn them into words other people understand?

If I can’t understand all the wonders of the world God created, how do I begin to understand Him?

I love that the more I come to know #God the more I understand He can't be fully understood.… Click To Tweet

God is Incomprehensible


Incomprehensible — the inability to be understood. 

We, women, get accused of being incomprehensible all the time, but we understand each other just fine. God, on the other hand, is beyond our ability to understand fully.

We can understand much of God, but not all of Him.

If we combined all the brilliant minds in history into one super brain, it wouldn’t be enough to comprehend all God is. 


For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
~ I Corinthians 2:11


God is unique unto Himself. No one and nothing is like Him.Two Laws of Human Enlightenment. 1. There's a God. 2. You're not Him. via www.JeanWilund.com

Consider the Trinity. Who can fully understand a God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — 3 Who’s in 1 What? God said, “Let us make man in our image.” 

When God said, “Let us make man in our image” He was referring to the Trinity.  

Yes, He made us in His image, but He didn’t make us exactly like Him. He didn’t create man and become “the Cube.” He remains the Trinity. 

We’re not exactly like God, and we’re not God — no matter what some of us like to think. 

When we try to explain what He’s like, we have to grab images we can understand to explain the God we never can. 

But beware. Many try to reduce God to an image they not only can understand but also one they think they can control. 

Words like “appearance” and “like” pop up whenever we try to explain God. Even in the Bible.

God is like the sun in all its glory, except more. Much more.


As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
Ezekiel 1:28


If We Can’t Comprehend God, Should We Even Try?


Absolutely, we should try.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever.
~Deuteronomy 29:29

God only keeps some things secret. 

We should seek to understand God as much as He’ll reveal Himself to us and then accept the rest as “the secret things” that “belong to the Lord.”

God wants us to know Him. He even gave us a thick Book to teach us about Him.  

Understanding God is Incomprehensible Makes a Difference in Our Lives Today


Like all of God’s character traits, understanding that He can’t be understood makes a difference in our lives today. For some, it’s a stumbling block. For others, it’s a path to peace.

Stumbling Block or Springboard?

Some people refuse to believe what they can’t understand. That was my husband at first.

When friends first introduced Larry to Christ, he battled trusting in Him because too much of the Bible seemed incomprehensible. He refused to trust what he couldn’t understand. For years.

Then one of those friends, Karen, shared a verse with him:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Understanding The Incomprehensible God (The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God series) via www.JeanWilund.comThis verse helped Larry realize that his finite ability to understand an infinite God would always be limited.

He recognized that if God were small enough to be understood, He wouldn’t be big enough to be God.

After thinking on Proverbs 3:5-6, Larry knelt down on his knees in his bedroom and placed his faith in Jesus Christ.

He’d found a God he couldn’t comprehend but could fully trust.

Don’t let God’s incomprehensibility be a stumbling block. Let it be a springboard to a life of faith.

When we rest in what we know and don’t fight over what we don’t, we can experience peace in normal everyday life as well as in the midst of heart-wrenching trials.

Those Who Don't Stumble Over What They Can't Understand Enjoy What They Can. #TrustGod… Click To Tweet

I don’t have to understand why God wants my oldest daughter to live 4,766 miles away right now. I only have to trust Him. 

He knows my heart and how I miss her while she’s in Hawaii. And He cares.

He’s with her always. He can reach her no matter where she goes.

And He knows how all this fits into His bigger picture for our good and His glory — even if I don’t.
If #God were small enough to be understood, He wouldn't be big enough to be God.… Click To Tweet

I don’t have to understand why God has allowed my friend’s child to suffer unrelieved pain for months. I only have to trust Him.

He knows what’s wrong and how to heal him.

He knows the desperate desire my friend feels every moment to see her son enjoy life again. And He cares.

And He knows how all this fits into His bigger picture for our good and His glory — even if they don’t.

God gives us what we need to know when we need to know it.

Let’s not confuse wants and needs

We want all the answers, but we don’t need them.

We need to trust in the One who understands all. 

God’s Word on His Incomprehensibleness


All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
~ Matthew 11:27 NASB

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
~ Romans 11:33 NASB

Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.
~ Psalm 145:3 NASB

“Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you [by searching] discover the limits of the Almighty [ascend to His heights, extend to His widths, and comprehend His infinite perfection]?
His wisdom is as high as the heights of heaven. What can you do?
It is deeper than Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead). What can you know?
“It is longer in measure [and scope] than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
~ Job 11:7-9 AMP

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
~ Isaiah 55:9 NASB


God may be incomprehensible, but He’s not unapproachable.

Seek God with all your heart. When you come to know Him as He reveals Himself in each of His character traits, He’ll make your life more than you could’ve hoped it to be.

Only God knows what that will look like, but you can trust Him, even if you can’t comprehend Him. 


Listen to the following song, “Who” by the Newsboys. It’s one of their crazy, fun songs that has a powerful message about this God we can’t contain or comprehend.

Understanding The Incomprehensible God -- What?! #KnowingGod Click To Tweet




The Ultimate Know-It-All (Part 2) — How Understanding God’s Omniscience Makes A Difference Today

God - The Ultimate Know-It-All Part 2 (From the Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God) via www.JeanWilund.com

Understanding Makes a Difference

Abi & Justice Our cat, Abi, loves our dog, Justice.

Justice fears Abi.

It probably stems from Justice’s first night in our home. Our previous cat, Noir, jumped on his head and attempted to shred his face.

Noir didn’t understand Justice would never hurt her. Now Justice can’t understand Abi won’t hurt him.

So, for the last seven years, Justice squirms away in fear whenever Abi rubs against his legs.

What we know and understand makes a difference.

In Part 1, we looked at what it means that God is All-Knowing. Today, we’ll consider how understanding that makes a difference in our lives today. 


Understanding God is All-Knowing:

1. Gives Us Perfect Peace in a Fear-Inducing World

Like Noir, this world will shred our face at times. In fact, it already has. But we have nothing to fear with God on our side. He has all the inside information.

The One in charge knows every detail of all that’s going on around the world. And His All-Knowing is combined with His All-Loving, All-Power, and All-Wisdom. 

He will give us light to see and understand all we need in His perfect timing. 

Our job is to walk in the light He’s already given us, trusting Him for more as we pray and obey. 

2. Removes Our Need to Defend Ourselves

We live in a world that’s easily offended. Tolerance no longer means “to disagree without being disagreeable.” Our culture is ready to fight at the smallest slight. 

God is our defender. “Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it” (Psalm 37:5)

Rather than putting up fists to fight, kneel down in prayer. Then stand and walk in a manner that reflects the Truth of who Christ is — our All-Knowing defender. 

3. Removes our Need to Hide from God

Before we were ever born, God knew everything we’d ever do or say.

Everything you’d say and do. And He still chose to create you. 

We never have to hide in shame from God. He knows it all and loves you.  

Choose to believe Him and trust in Him rather than run and hide. He’ll give you the power to turn from every hurtful way. His grace is abounding. But it must be received. 

4. Gives us Courage to Face Tomorrow

God knows what we can handle. 

For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
~ Psalm 103:14 NASB

My friend’s child learned this verse in Sunday School when she was very young. The child then turned around and taught her mom saying, “God knows that we are butt dust.”

Well, I guess that’s a different way of looking at who we truly are!

I’ve heard it said many times that God will never put anything on us we can’t handle, to which I say, “Wrong!”

God will gladly put us into situations beyond our ability to handle, but never beyond His. He knows we need to reach the end of ourselves before we’ll look to Him and trust in Him.

Whenever the fire of your situation feels too hot, remember Jesus is with you just as He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3). He’ll never leave you. 

5. Gives Us Strength in Our Oops Moments

We all make mistakes, but God never does. He never says Oops! Not even when He lets us make a mistake.

Or when He lets our child make a mistake. That huge mistake. 

Don’t worry or fret. Ask forgiveness if your “mistake” was actually a bad choice, but then walk in the freedom of God’s forgiveness and omniscience.

And if it’s your child, remember, God knows what they did, and He’s more than able to care for them — or deal with them. He loves them even more than you do.

God never has to say Oops! #GodisAllKnowing #CharacterofGod Click To Tweet

God’s Word on His Omniscience


Who has directed the Spirit of the LordOr as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding?”
(
Isaiah 40:13-14 NASB).

“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
(Psalm 147:5 NASB).

“…God is greater than our heart and knows all things.”
(I John 3:20 NASB).

“Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.”
(Psalm 139:4 NASB).

“Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart”
(Psalm 44:21 NASB).

♦ 

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever”
(I Chronicles 28:9 NASB).


I’ve only shared a few ways that understanding God is All-knowing makes a difference in our lives today. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Know any other ways? Share in the comments. 

Before you were born, God knew everything you'd ever do or say & still chose to create you. #GodLovesYou Click To Tweet




God – The Ultimate Know-It-All (Part 1)

 

Mensa, otherwise known as The Society of Know-It-Alls, admitted little Elise Tan-Roberts into their club in 2009 when she was only 845 days old.

At 2-years old, her IQ was 156, just short of Albert Einstein’s 160. Not too shabby.

She could talk at 5-months old.

She could recite 35 of the world’s capitals at age 2.

Imagine what God’s IQ is if it could be measured?

God is the ultimate Know-It-All. The One and Only.

There’s nothing more comforting than knowing the One in charge of it all knows it all.

But what does it really mean that God is All-Knowing, and what difference does that make in our lives?

Let’s take a look.

God is Omniscient


The $5.00 word for “All-Knowing” is “Omniscient.”

Now we’re all a little smarter, except for those who already knew that.

Being omniscient means that not only does God know everything, He’s always known everything. Perfect knowledge.

It means:

1. God never has to learn anything. 

A friend told me she wouldn’t want to know everything. She said learning is fun. True, learning is great, except for math. But for me, the most fun isn’t in the learning. It’s in having mastered what I studied.

Learning German was fun. Speaking it fluently was fabulous. (“Was” because I’ve forgotten much of it. I’m back in that less-fun learning phase again.)

But even more, the reality is we can’t say knowing it all is less fun that learning. It’s impossible for us to know. We’re not omniscient.  

2. God can’t forget what He knows.

When God says, “I will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12), He technically does remember. He means He’ll choose not to remember them against us anymore. He’ll treat us as if we’d never sinned.

3. God never needs information. 

Anytime God asks a question in the Bible, it’s always for their benefit (and ours), not His.

When God asked Adam in Genesis 3:9, “Where are you?” He asked because Adam and Eve needed to think about where they were, why they were there, and how they got there. And confess it to God.

The Ultimate, Marvelous, One and Only True Know-It-All


If we combined the intelligence of all the top intellects of the world across all of history and into the future, we still couldn’t touch even the tip of all God knows.

He knows things we don’t know enough to know we could know.

He knows exactly what’s at the bottom of the ocean and beyond Pluto-not-a-planet.

And He knows what’s in each of our hearts.

He knows our deepest desires, darkest secrets, and hidden agendas.

He knows it all. He’s the ultimate, marvelous, one and only true Know-it-All. 


In Part 2, we’ll look at how our understanding that God is All-Knowing makes a difference in our lives today. 


God - The Ultimate, Marvelous, One & Only Know-It-All. (Part 1) #KnowingGod #BibleStudy Click To Tweet

If you’d like to go deeper in your study of the character traits of God, here are a few resources I recommend.

Click on the photos for more information about these great books by A. W. Tozer:






God is Sovereign – What That Means & Why We Care

God is Sovereign - What That Means & Why We Care (via www.JeanWilund.com)

God is Sovereign


If God isn’t sovereign over all, He isn’t sovereign at all.

I’m clearly not God because no matter how I try, I’m not sovereign over anything. At all.

I might determine to simply walk across the room, but any number of scenarios could stop me.

I could trip and knock myself out.

I could get distracted on my side of the room by a slice of blueberry lemon cake and a cup of coffee. The cup of coffee by itself would do it.

A tornado could rip through my house and send me into my neighbor’s kitchen.

I should be able to walk across the room unimpeded, but I can’t guarantee it because I’m not sovereign, but God is.

What Does Sovereign Mean?


God’s sovereignty means that He can do whatever He wants with whoever or whatever He wants for whatever purpose He wants.

It means God is absolutely free and completely able to do all that He determines to do.

That might be a terrifying thought if God’s sovereignty weren’t equaled by His perfect love.

The truth of God’s sovereignty allows us to rest in Him and His will without worrying. 

Sovereignty vs Supremacy


God’s sovereignty sounds like His supremacy, but they’re not the same. They’re more like siblings than twins.

God’s supremacy says there’s no one above Him.

His sovereignty says no one can act apart from His permission. (Lamentations 3:37)

Knowing God is Sovereign Makes a Difference in Us


God is Sovereign - What That Means & Why We Care (via www.JeanWilund.com)Everyday circumstances happen we can’t control.

If those things hurt, we want to know God has a plan for it.

If they devastate us, we need to know He has a perfect plan for it.

When a child is murdered, we need to know Satan didn’t steal that child away from God. We need to know it 100%, or we’ll struggle for the rest of our days.

If absolutely nothing can happen apart from God stepping aside to allow it, then we can rest in the knowledge — even while grieving and mourning the heart-wrenching loss — that God chose to allow it for a good purpose we may never understand on this side of heaven, but we can trust Him.

Knowing and trusting God’s sovereignty gives us peace even in the midst of devastating pain.

It also comforts and empowers us when we have difficult decisions to make. We can seek His will in every matter before us and be confident that He is able to accomplish whatever He chooses.

God’s Sovereignty Versus Our Free Will


I once lost a volunteer position I loved and felt I’d handled faithfully for over two years. But the board decided to let someone else handle the position.

My heart — and let’s be honest, my pride — hurt. But then God’s sovereignty reminded me if God wanted me in that position, they couldn’t remove me from it. And if He didn’t want me in the position, not even they could keep me there.

I knew God had a plan for them and for me that called for me to let go of something I’d loved and trust Him for something new.

And I found Him faithful. Imagine that.

Please understand, however, that God will often allow us to make decisions against His perfect will. He has a plan even for those bad decisions. But if our free-will choices would interfere with His ultimate plan or purposes, He’ll interfere with our choice.

As horrible as the death and destruction of 911 was, it would’ve been much worse if God hadn’t interfered. Satan didn’t want survivors. Neither did the terrorists. 

How do we handle all the loss of all the other lives? By remembering God’s perfect love and wisdom. By trusting His character.

We Want to Be Sovereign Too


Knowing and being grateful that God is sovereign, doesn’t stop us from wanting to be sovereign, too.

Both Christians and non-Christians want to be sovereign. Even when we don’t believe that’s our desire, deep down it is. It’s just the nature of our sin nature. 

Psalm 1:3 - He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.If we don’t accept that ugly truth, or we’re unaware of the inner struggle, we’ll continue to fight and lose. We’ll live a frustrated, exhausting yo-yo life. 

The roots of our faith will be too shallow to hold us in the storm. 

If we accept the truth of our sovereign-envy, we’ll keep our radar up.

We’ll pay attention to the inner battle and determine to ignore the pull to fight God for sovereignty and choose to trust Him instead.

Like oak trees with deep roots, we’ll feel the storm but it won’t uproot us.

We’ll remain rock solid, ruled by peace not panic.

If God isn’t sovereign over all, He isn’t sovereign at all. #GodIsSovereign #CharacterOfGod Click To Tweet

God’s Word on His Sovereignty


Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, Unless the Lord has commanded it?
(Lamentations 3:37)

All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him:
“What have you done?”

(Daniel 4:35)

Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
(Psalm 135:6)

But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
(Psalm 115:3)

“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
(Job 42:2)




God is Eternal (From the Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

God is Eternal: From the Never-ending, Ever-growing List of the Character Traits of God. (www.JeanWilund.com)

They say,” Nothing lasts forever.” 

They are wrong. 

Three things last forever:

God,

His Word, 

and People.

These three live forever, but one of these things is not like the other, as in eternal from eternity past into eternity future.

Let’s take a look.

God


God is eternal from eternity past into eternity future. There’s never been a time when He didn’t exist. 

He wasn’t born. He wasn’t created. 

He is, He has always been, and He will always continue to be.

Eternal.

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NASB).

God’s Word


God’s Word is God, so it’s only logical that it will last forever.

I don’t mean God’s Word as in the printed paper and ink of the Bible is God. That would be silly. But the Gospel of John tells us:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 ESV). 

John is referring to Jesus Christ in this passage. Jesus is the Word. And His Word stands forever.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8 NASB).

Even before God spoke His Word to create the world, His Word existed from eternity past in Jesus Christ and will stand on into eternity future.

People


We are not God.

I know. I forget that at times, too.

We aren’t God, but He created us to be eternal.

Remembering that everyone is eternal should put an urgency into our hearts to share the truth of the Gospel message with others. And it should give us comfort.

A friend of mine reminded me of the comfort this truth offers when he spoke of a couple whose child lived only two brief minutes. Their next child lived only two months.

The heartbroken couple couldn’t understand why God would create children to only live for two minutes and two months.

A friend encouraged them that God didn’t create them to live that short. He created them to live eternally. It was only their time on earth that was short. Their children are more alive in heaven now than they ever were on earth. 

None of us will live forever on earth — we can thank sin and death for that — but our souls will live forever. Where our souls will live, however, is up to us.

Where Will We Spend Our Eternity?


God has offered eternity in heaven with Him by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. 

It’s an extravagant offer, but it comes with a time limit.

The offer expires when we do.

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Those who choose No to God’s offer will spend their eternity separated from Him in hell. It’s a horrible reality, but it’s the choice we make when we choose to reject His Son and His gift of salvation. 

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB). 

“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46 NASB). 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).

Knowing God is Eternal Makes a Difference Today


Knowing God is eternal helps us live today.

We don’t have to scramble to “have it all” here because we’re spending eternity there.

And the all we’ll have there will outshine anything we have here — so long as your there is heaven. Otherwise, get it here while you can because there will be hell. Literally.

God works each day with eternity in mind.

Too often, though, we have now in mind. We want God to fix our problems nowWe want Him to fix this world now.

Or do we? Consider this:

If we knew everything God knows about yesterday, today, or forever, we’d do and time everything exactly as He has.

So, maybe we don’t really want Him to fix everything on our timetable or in our way. We just think we do because we don’t know what we don’t know.

Think George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life. When he got what he thought he wanted, he realized he didn’t really want what he wanted after all. 

Instead, what we really want in our deepest heart is to learn to trust and rest in God’s eternal plan. 

Knowing God is eternal helps us put today into perspective.

God isn’t in a hurry. He has forever to work out His plan, and it’s a great one. No, it’s a perfect one.

Sometimes I’m impatient as I pray for things. My heart strangles from the overwhelming desire for God to answer my prayer now.

I’ve laid awake for hours, begging God for the answer my heart craves — answers I imagine must also be His heart’s desire. Peace eludes me until I remember He’s eternal.

God is not always in a hurry to answer my prayers, but not because He doesn’t care. Because He always knows the right thing to do at the right time.

I can rest because God never does.

God is Eternal: From the Never-ending, Ever-growing List of the Character Traits of God. (www.JeanWilund.com)God’s Word on His Eternality


“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever” (Isaiah 57:15a NASB).

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2 NASB).

“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9,10 NASB).

“And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’” (Exodus 3:14 NASB).


How will knowing that God is eternal make a difference in your life today? Leave a comment below. Thanks!


God is Eternal & What That Means #God. #KnowingGod Click To Tweet

If you’d like to go deeper in your study of the character traits of God, here are a few resources I recommend. Click on the photos for more information about these great books by A. W. Tozer: 



(Note: These links are affiliate links through Amazon.com. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. In other words, if you purchase through any of these links, I receive a small bonus. You are, of course, free to purchase without going through these links.)




God is Love (from The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God)

God is Love (From The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God) via www.JeanWilund.com

God is Love

God is love, but that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy all the time.

Actually, now that I think about it, a rainbow comes after a rain, a butterfly is born out of a struggle, and cotton candy is sugar that’s been melted down and spun wildly.

So maybe God’s love is rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy — worth every storm, struggle, or meltdown we experience.

What Does it Mean that God is Love?

Let’s take the simple route and replace the word Love with God (and it with He) in the Bible verses on love in I Corinthians 13:4-13:

God is patient and kind;

God does not envy or boast;

He is not arrogant or rude.

He does not insist on His own way;

He’s not irritable or resentful; 

He does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 

God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

God never ends . . . 

So now faith, hope, and God abide, these three;

but the greatest of these is God. 

~ I Corinthians 13:4-13

God’s love is perfect and complete, lacking nothing. He can’t love us any more or any less. 

And He won’t suddenly stop loving us since His love is based on His nature, not our behavior. God is love, so He loves. And everything He does is rooted in love.

All His actions are loving — even the ones that don’t look loving. 

Love Doesn’t Always Look Like Love at the Time

Mom and Dad swore they loved me.

Sure you do, Mom and Dad. That’s why you’re holding me down on a hospital table while the doctor performs a painful test on me.

Yes, actually, that is why.

I was six years old, and I. Did. Not. Feel. Loved. At. All. But the medical test confirmed the doctor’s suspicions. I needed surgery.

Without that wretched test, the doctor wouldn’t have had the information he needed to determine what was best for me.

But how do you get a terrified, crying six-year-old who’s in horrible pain to understand? Not happening.

I didn’t feel loved in that moment. But that didn’t change the fact. I was dearly loved.

God loves us even more, because, well, He is love. (I John 4:16)

Knowing God is Love Makes a Difference in Us Today

When we settle in our hearts once and for all that God is love and He love us specifically, it changes our view of everything that touches our lives.

When bad things happen, we won’t assume that God must hate us.

I heard the tragic news recently of a couple whose grown son was murdered. As awful as it is, what’s even worse is that the mother believes she must have done something wrong and that’s why “God took her son away from her.”

She blames herself for her son’s death. 

Fortunately, he had trusted in Christ so he’s with God now experiencing pure joy. But she’s down here locked in a prison of shame, pain, and guilt — and she doesn’t belong there.

This heartbroken, despairing mom believes in God, but not in His perfect love.

The Proof of God’s Love is at the Cross

We must know and believe that God loves us and that all He does is loving. 

God proved it over 2,000 years ago.

Stand at the foot of the cross and look at the nails through Christ’s hands and feet.

See the blood drip from the thick thorns which stabbed His head.

See the deep wound in His side where they pierced Him. 

And finally, look at the darkness of every sin, from the first to the last, heaped upon Christ as He gave up His Spirit and died to pay for each one.

No one forced God to sacrifice His Son. His love compelled Him.  

No one forced Christ to go to the cross. His love compelled Him, too.

At any point, Christ could have called down a legion of angels to wipe out the guards. He chose to submit to the deepest, darkest evil of man to make salvation available, even to the very ones who tortured and crucified Him.

God Chose the Cross and You

God chose the cross because He chose you.

Even if you don’t choose Him and His gift of salvation.

He chose you because He loves you.

Even if you don’t love Him.

Never forget it.

Never doubt it.

Ever.

Settle it once and for all in your heart. God loves you.

Doubt something else if you must, but never doubt God’s love.

Accept this Truth.

And as hard as it may seem, accept everything that touches your life as coming directly into your life as coming from God’s hands of love. 

Are You Angry with God?

Some of you may be angry with God now. You don’t want to have anything to do with this “God of Love” who would allow the horrible tragedies that occur in the world and in your life.

I could’ve made such a declaration towards my parents when they held me down on the hospital table.

What if I could have chosen to walk away from them in that moment forever, declaring I didn’t want their brand of love?

I would’ve never had the surgery I needed. And I would’ve missed out on a lifetime of an incredible, loving relationship with my parents.

I’m glad they were willing to love me, even though it hurt so much that I remember it too well. 

We won’t always be able to see or understand how everything God does is loving. But that doesn’t change the facts. God’s love is rainbows, butterflies, and cotton candy. 

Believe and do not doubt. God is Love.

God’s Word on God’s Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7 ESV).

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (I John 4:8 ESV).

“This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” (I John 4:10 NLT).

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (I John 4:16 ESV).

God is Love (From The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God) via www.JeanWilund.com“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love” (I John 4:18 NLT).

“We love, because He first loved us” (I John 4:19 NASB).

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NASB).

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NASB).


Believe, Don't doubt #GodIsLove #CharacterTraitsofGod #KnowingGod Click To Tweet

The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God via www.JeanWilund.comCheck back to find out what trait we’ll look at next in our Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God.

Click the photo to see the full list as it stands now.

Your Turn: How will knowing that God is love make a difference in your life today? Leave a comment below. Thanks!


If you’d like to go deeper in your study of the character traits of God, check out these resources. Click on the photos for more information about these books by A. W. Tozer: 



(Note: These links are affiliate links through Amazon.com. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. In other words, if you purchase through any of these links, I receive a small bonus. You are, of course, free to purchase without going through these links.)