Wow, it's been awhile. Anyway...
I'd like to share a little love story with you.
When my husband and I first started dating, I wanted to know everything about him. Even after our first date, we found ourselves staying up late chatting over Instant Messenger. (I'm dating myself here.) We lived in different dorms and because of the conservative nature of our college, we could only visit in each other's rooms at certain times. This was also before texting, snap chatting, Facebook and Instagram. At this point my hubby didn't even have a cell phone yet! Gasp!
So we sat up late typing to each other over the semi-fast internet connection. Luke must have been interested in getting to know me too because he willingly talked with me for hours. Now when he's away or driving the combine, you can hardly get him to talk a few minutes on the phone.
We were into each other from day one. Sigh! Young love is so consuming and epic! We hung on each other's every word trying to glean another useful or interesting piece of information.
Well, I've been on a similar quest in the name of love. When we enter a saving relationship with Jesus, God invites us to be consumed with knowing Him. He's written us a lengthy love letter, one that speaks uniquely to each of its readers. He showed His love for us in so many ways too great for us to ever understand. But still, He wants us to know Him.
"This is what the Lord says: 'Don't let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!'" -Jeremiah 9:23-24, (emphasis mine)
See! God wants us to truly know Him. I want to invite you to go with me on this adventure. In my next blogs, I want to dive deep into who God is in hopes that you and I can get to know Him better. For if ever there was a worthwhile quest, this is it. And if there is really anything worth boasting about, it is in the knowledge of our Great and Mighty God.
The first attribute of God I'd like to examine is one that has been blowing my mind lately. It's even better than when I found out my husband had a lovely singing voice!
God is infinite.
Let's start at the beginning...a very good place to start. (Sorry, talking about love makes me musical, I guess!) In the very first verse of the Bible we get our first glimpse of the infinity of our God. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters" (Genesis 1:1-2).
God existed before the beginning of the earth, before the beginning of time. Not only that, but in verse 2 we also see that the Holy Spirit existed before the earth was created. No where in the Bible does it explain how God came to be. Jesus existed then too. John 1 describes Jesus and His origin (or lack there of). "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God" (John 1:1-2). And in Revelation 22:13 Jesus said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
There are many other verses offering evidence of God's eternal presence. I'll mention one more. When Moses asked God His name so he could tell the Israelite people who was leading them, God told Moses this. "I Am who I Am....This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations" (Exodus 3:14a, 15b).
To say God is infinite means a couple of things. First of all, God is limitless. Because He created all things, including the vast universe and time itself, He is not subject to any limitations. To quote Wayne Grudem in Bible Doctrine, "He is far greater than everything He has made, far greater than anything else that exists." God is not limited by weather, physics, or anything else that limits us humans. He is other. He is greater and beyond all creation.
Second of all, God is eternal. Because He created time itself, He is not subject to it, changed by it, or limited by it in any way. Psalm 90:2 (NIV) says, "Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting, You are God." And again in verse 4, "A thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by." God sees all time equally, past, present, and future. And yet, He acts in time in ways that affect you and me. He is present with us, and yet, He has gone before us.
I share these things not to sound academic; no, I want to simply capture your interest and your amazement in the Lord your God. Any time we get to know Him better, we are surely to be blessed.
When I think of the infinite, everlasting God, my mind is stretched to its limit. I cannot comprehend a being that exists outside of time, who is not affected by age sickness, and most of all, who is unlimited in His intelligence. Is intelligence even the right word to describe the capacity of our God?
Usually I am pretty good with words, but when it comes to describing God, much like those first moments of falling in love, I simply find that He is indescribable.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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