Attributes of God, part 9 (the last in this book)
The perfection of God is amazing. Just think- He has provided everything we need, He has already thought about how much air you need to breath, how those little weird bones in your ear need to work so that you can hear, how far away the sun needs to be so that you don’t fry into a crispy critter or freeze into a youcicle. He has it all figured out. He has it all done. It takes perfection of provision.
His perfection extends beyond His complete provision for us, though. How about the way He never makes a mistake? The way that He guides the entirety of existence into fulfillment within Himself? I don’t know about you, but I’m doing good if I can keep straight that the milk goes in the fridge and the cereal in the cupboard somedays, much less organize all that? That takes perfection of mind.
But, more than that, how about how He is bigger than everything, how His heart encompasses all and loves us all, even though we are infinitesimally smaller than Him and flawed so much we cannot even understand Him well, much less return His love in more than a very small way. And most of the time we run from that love or refuse and hate it. That takes perfection of heart and existence.
The perfection of God- His heart, existence, provision, mind, and so much more, should lead us into humility and into a fear of God. Not a fear of terror, but a fearful awe, a knowledge that we cannot ever truly understand this amazing God, and that we still need to seek Him and to understand Him. That He is HUGE in so many ways and He fills that part of us that longs for something to search out, something to learn, something to know, something to never get bored of, something always fresh and new, something beyond our lives and existence. A beautiful, real, all-enveloping, amazing, pure perfection that fills every longing of our being, solely by His existence.
I think Isaiah 40:10-31 says it best, far better than I can. (copied from theWord.net)
10Look, the sovereign LORD comes as a victorious warrior; his military power establishes his rule. Look, his reward is with him; his prize goes before him.11Like a shepherd he tends his flock; he gathers up the lambs with his arm; he carries them close to his heart; he leads the ewes along.
12Who has measured out the waters in the hollow of his hand, or carefully measured the sky, or carefully weighed the soil of the earth, or weighed the mountains in a balance, or the hills on scales?13Who comprehends the mind of the LORD, or gives him instruction as his counselor?14From whom does he receive directions? Who teaches him the correct way to do things, or imparts knowledge to him, or instructs him in skillful design?
15Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales. He lifts the coastlands as if they were dust.16Not even Lebanon could supply enough firewood for a sacrifice; its wild animals would not provide enough burnt offerings.17All the nations are insignificant before him; they are regarded as absolutely nothing.
18To whom can you compare God? To what image can you liken him?19A craftsman casts an idol; a metal smith overlays it with gold and forges silver chains for it.20To make a contribution one selects wood that will not rot; he then seeks a skilled craftsman to make an idol that will not fall over.
21Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told to you since the very beginning? Have you not understood from the time the earth’s foundations were made?22He is the one who sits on the earth’s horizon; its inhabitants are like grasshoppers before him. He is the one who stretches out the sky like a thin curtain, and spreads it out like a pitched tent.23He is the one who reduces rulers to nothing; he makes the earth’s leaders insignificant.24Indeed, they are barely planted; yes, they are barely sown; yes, they barely take root in the earth, and then he blows on them, causing them to dry up, and the wind carries them away like straw.
25“To whom can you compare me? Whom do I resemble?” says the Holy One.26Look up at the sky! Who created all these heavenly lights? He is the one who leads out their ranks; he calls them all by name. Because of his absolute power and awesome strength, not one of them is missing.
27Why do you say, Jacob, Why do you say, Israel, “The LORD is not aware of what is happening to me, My God is not concerned with my vindication”?28Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is an eternal God, the creator of the whole earth. He does not get tired or weary; there is no limit to his wisdom.29He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.30Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble.31But those who wait for the LORD’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.
Too often, I think we only read that last verse. But the verses before are God. What and Who He is, the amazingness of His heart, His power, His mercy and provision.
Thank You, God, for all that You are!!!! May my eyes ever increase into seeing Your awesomeness.