God’s characteristics are immeasurable. Just when we think we know something about Him, we learn something new. I thought I knew that God is Holy. Then I did the work for Week 2/Day 1. Did you know that the only characteristic of God that is mentioned three times is his holiness? Isaiah 6:3 and Rev. 4:8 state that, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty.” God’s holiness permeates every other characteristic. The three-fold repeat means that this is very, very, very important information. The thing that was new for me was that one of the definitions of the word holy means illustrious, to radiate, or shine brightly. I knew that holy meant to be perfect and separate, but I had always thought of it being God’s glory that shines brightly. Doesn’t it make sense that His holiness and His glory would radiate.
On Day 2, we talked about God’s love for us. God’s love for us is both committed and passionate. You cannot separate His love from who He is and it is only by His love that we can truly experience and give love.
God is also merciful and gracious and faithful and true. These four characteristics are described in Exodus 34:6-7 in a very powerful way. “And He (Yahweh) passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet, He does not leave the guilty unpunished, He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Make no mistake, dear one, the Lord is merciful and gracious. He spares us from what we deserve and He gifts us with grace we could never earn. His faithfulness is wrapped up in His truth. You can depend on Him. No matter what dark time you are walking through, God can light your path and be your friend as you go on your journey.
He can do all of this because He is Excellent in Wisdom. He has perfect knowledge over everything. He has knowledge over time: past, present, and future. He has knowledge over creation. He knows every detail about your life. You matter to Him. If you need some encouragement today read Psalm 139:1-18 and know just how special you are to Him.
God is so very, very, very in love with you! He is Holy, Holy, Holy! He is merciful, gracious, faithful, and true! He is Excellent in wisdom and knowledge. You can trust God because He is trust worthy!