The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God

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“Once upon an always there was God.”

   ~ Brittany Wilund, age 12

That, my friends, is probably the best way to introduce this never-ending, ever-growing list of the character traits of God: From eternity to eternity God was, is, and always will be.

And we need to know Him.

And we all will. But the sooner the better. Much better.

Since we never really know someone apart from knowing their character, we need to know God’s character.

In fact, we need to train ourselves to intentionally remember God’s character if we’re going to trust Him before the moment we desperately need to trust Him crashes down on us. 

But we can’t remember what we don’t know. 

I learned that in school. My test grades proved the theory.

How would you like THE complete, exhaustive list of every single character trait of God? I would, but who could do that?

If God were small enough to be fully known,

He wouldn’t be big enough to be God.

~Author unknown

I can’t publish THE complete list, so I’m doing the next best thing. I’m sharing The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List of the Character Traits of God. 

Let’s get started with our first character trait — the first of many more to come in future blog posts:


The Never-Ending, Ever-Growing List

of the Character Traits of God


From the Never-ending, Ever-growing List of the Character Traits of God. God is Eternal (www.JeanWilund.com)1. GOD IS ETERNAL


You’ve heard it said, “Nothing lasts forever.”

Well, that’s not quite true.

Three things last forever:

God,

His Word, 

and People.


God

God has always existed. There was never 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.

He’s 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. 

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

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


People

We are not God.

I know. I forget that at times, too.

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

Our present lives on earth won’t last — we can thank sin and death for that — but our souls will.

Where, though, is up to us.

God has offered eternity in heaven with Him through faith in His Son. It’s an extravagant offer, but it comes with a time limit. The offer expires when we do.

Those who choose No to God’s offer will spend their eternity separated from Him in hell. It’s a horrible reality, but we can avoid it by God’s grace through faith in Christ. 

“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).


Knowing God is Eternal makes a difference in us 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.

It’s a little like slaving in a kitchen for hours to prepare a meal that everyone eats in 15 minutes. 

Here and now isn’t the main event. It’s more like the pre-show appetizer — and where you pick up your pass to the main event and invite others to join you. 

God works each day with eternity in mind.

But we have now in mind. We want God to fix our problems now.

We want Him to fix this world NOW.

Or do we? 

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

So, maybe we don’t really want Him to fix everything on our timetable or in our way.

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 perspective and plan. 

Knowing God is eternal helps us enjoy today without fear for tomorrow because — speaking of old movies — in the words of Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara:

Tomorrow is another day!

Unless today was your last day. Then tomorrow is your first step into eternity, and thus, still actually “another day.” 

Just make sure you don’t wait to accept God’s offer before it expires. It determines how great or horrifying your first day in eternity — and every day afterward — will be.


Evidence of God’s Character:

“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).


Our never-ending, ever-growing list of the character traits of God is just beginning. Look for the next in the long list soon.

How has knowing God is eternal made a difference in your life? Leave a comment below. Thanks!


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