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Pondering God (Part 30): The Summary
30 May. Final devotional thoughts on God. A summary. Over the month of May, I've been involved in a major evangelistic outreach in Jerusalem with Jews for Jesus. And each day of the month I've also taken some quiet time to reflect on the Almighty, His plans for humanity, and simply put, His person.
Today, as the campaign and the work ends, and I leave in the morning for Sydney, thus losing 30 hours or more of a day in travel, I thought I'd let today be the summary day of all we have shared.
Perhaps when you see this listing, and you return to re-read (or read for the first time) some of what we have shared, the information will drive you back into His arms. After all, the purpose of our devotions, the purpose of our conversation, the purpose of all this pondering is to focus on God, on who He is. The more we know about Him, the more we know Him. The more we know Him, the more we know life.
So let's review: God is. Plain. Simple. Scary. Awe-inspiring. God is.
Faithful. No matter what. No matter the situations. No matter His own feelings. No matter our actions ...He is faithful.
Eternal, everlasting, forever. He was, and is, and is to come. NOT He was, He is and He will be. There is no 'will be' about God as if He were underdeveloped. He is always at full capacity. Nothing wearies Him; nothing in the universe stops Him.
God is true. Not only does He represent something which is true, He embodies Truth.
God is Spirit. Not only spiritual. Not only spirited. He's a spirit, and He's The Spirit. It's other than physical. It's another dimension. Factors that prevent bodies from certain motion or activity are not the same in a spiritual realm.
God has no time off, He is alert. He wants no time off. He begs us to relate to Him. He longs to be in relationship with us. That takes time. His time. And of course, your time.
God is not 'on our side.' He is above 'sides.' He wants us to follow Him. Some have entertained angels unawares.
God is Father. Dad. Daddy. Sir. Omni everything. He ever knows. He was here first. He is a person, not a human, but personal.
He is gracious, compassionate, abounding in mercy and truth.
He is Comforter. A place to rest. I don’t have to live up to anything. I don’t have to think about anything.
Singer. Yes God sings —even over us. His song is not one of mockery or conquest. It’s not to celebrate His marvelousness or the emptiness of the idols. His song is love.
He is Lord of the Sabbath
Shepherd. Taking the lead in walking with animals isn't an easy thing to do. Shepherding sheep is about more than walking. It's about sleeping in their space, and taking them to proper locations for food and drink.
the Blessed God. Then let us with full voice give thanks and Bless the Blessed God!
God is.... the Word.
God is Author.He begins all things.
He is the finisher of our faith. The brings to completion what He begins.
His nature. His being. Probably the hardest of all concepts. He is Tri-une. God in three persons, blessed Trinity.
God is good.
God is Great. Just what does that mean, anyway? Great like a football victory? Great like the answer to 'How do you feel today?" Or what was dinner like last night at that 3 Hat restaurant?
He is not pedestrian. I know that sounds unusual. But what I mean by that is that He is above normal random encounters.
God is on time. I suppose I alluded to this in a previous post about His being eternal. But this 'subtheme' is important to our living out life with Him in these days. He is never late.
He is a man of war. A warrior. A battler. God gets involved in situations, for His name's sake, and fights.
He's King of Kings. A bit redundant, you say? After all, if He's the King, then He's the King of all Kings. Right? Well, tell that to the King of Thailand or King Philippe of Belgium
God. He is Holy.
Ponder this. He is the Bridegroom. Don't think one of those TV 'reality' shows, please
Who is He? He is Saviour. This idea of rescue may not be something everyone is keen to consider. To admit a Saviour is necessary is to admit one needs salvation.
He is Friend. A friend sticks closer than a brother. (Prov. 18.24) A friend loves at all times. (Prov. 17.17)
The most amazing and the most important summary statement of it all... God is Love.