God is a Person

March 25, 2020

Summary

Today, we begin a study on the character of God. These articles are to encourage us as we’re apart due to COVID-19. At the bottom of this page, you can download the study guide.

“The Attributes of God”
God is a Person

Grace to you, Northlight Baptist! First Thessalonians 2:19-20 came to mind as I was thinking and praying for you today.

1 Thessalonians 2:19–20 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

They tell us we’ve only begun our “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic. But I miss our meetings and our fellowship together already!

As we’re apart, I’d like for us to better understand our gracious Father in Heaven or, as Peter put it in our study of Peter’s second epistle chapter 3 verse 18, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” It is through growing in the knowledge of God that we’ll experience a multiplicity of grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2). Everything will be okay if we can have more grace and peace! So let us grow in the knowledge of God!

A.W. Tozer said, “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” He said, “The history of mankind will probably showthat no people has ever risen about its religion….” And “We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.”1

Why do so many of us fail to pray because we don’t feel like we “measure up?” Why are we afraid and anxious? Why don’t we love like we should or why don’t we view sin as utterly sinful (Ro. 7:13)? Could it be that the answer to these questions is one and the same? Because we don’t know God as we should.

Let us understand for today that God is a person. He is not an unknowable force, but He is a person who can be known. We know He is a person because He has a name. Read Exodus 3:10-15. What is God’s name?

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Note: The Hebrews believed a person’s name describe him. God’s name comes from the word “to be.” What does God’s name tell us about who He is? _________________

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We also know God is a person because He can love (Dt. 7:7-8), feel (Gen. 6:6), and exercise His will (Ps. 115:3; Jn. 6:38). He can relate to other personal beings (Gen. 4:26; Ex. 2:25; Acts 15:8).

Observe: Since God is a person who relates to us, we must pray to Him as a person. We, as well as our children, need to understand that when we pray, we are praying to a person who hears us and loves us. Don’t pray as if God doesn’t hear or care. He does! He knows our thoughts before they even enter our heads (Ps. 139:2). Meditate upon these truths today and be encouraged: He hears and He cares!

“Does Jesus Care?”
Does Jesus care when my heart is pained
Too deeply for mirth or song,
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?
Oh, yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.


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