Who is God?
Who is God, indeed! Ask a billion people, get a billion answers. But people really do want to know: throughout history, people have always sought him out. There’s a great song by Plumb called God-Shaped Hole, which goes like this:
“There's a God-shaped hole in all of us,
and the restless soul is searching.
There's a God-shaped hole in all of us
and it's a void only he can fill.”
And it’s true: however we may choose to fill that hole, it exists in all of us. God put it there, to draw us into seeking him out.
|We will never grasp the full
mystery of God until
we meet him face-to-face
The Bible says, ‘God has placed eternity in the hearts of men’. Some of us try to fill that eternal hole with material possessions, some with alcohol, some with relationships or sport. But these things, however enjoyable, can’t fill the hole—and that’s why, ultimately, they can never satisfy us. We always want more.
Some fill the hole with the right ‘peg’, God himself, and he fits perfectly. That’s when we discover ‘the peace… which transcends all understanding’ (Philippians [NT]).
So who is God to those who have the right peg in the hole? He is the mighty creator, but he is also the loving father. We are permitted to call him Abba (literally ‘Daddy’), as Jesus did. He is not distant and disconnected; he has no big stick with which to beat us. He is a patient and forgiving God, willing to give us fresh chance after fresh chance.
He is the king of an unimaginable kingdom; one on which he has repeatedly drawn back the veil, and invited us in. In fact, Jesus’ time on earth was several years’ worth of staring right into the kingdom.
But who does God himself say he is? According to the book of Revelation (NT), chapter 1, he always was, before the beginning of anything—and he will always will be. "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
In Exodus (OT), God says of himself to Moses: “I AM WHO I AM… Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” (King James Bible version). Is there anything deeper and more fundamental than simply to ‘be’?
In the Hebrew scriptures, God has many names. These include Yahweh (from the verb ‘to be’, reflecting I AM WHO I AM); Elohim (a plural, implying the Holy Trinity, meaning the one true God); Adonai (Lord and master); El Shaddai (mighty one); and others. No single name can ever convey the many facets of God—but however many names, there is but one God, as he makes clear in the first of the 10 Commandments.
If we are willing to draw close, God will draw even closer. He is an intimate God, who longs to walk alongside us, every step of the way; rejoicing with us, laughing with us, weeping with us.
When you do draw near then God, himself, will tell you who he is.
Listen to Plumb’s God-Shaped Hole
Quote: “.. there remains deep in the soul (if I dare use that word) a persistent and unconscious anxiety that something is missing, some ingredient that makes life worth living.” (Prince Charles)
Watch a video clip of who God is to two people
Discover the Hebrew names for God
Read about what God is like
Watch a video clip about what God did
Watch the short video A Majestic God, from Psalm 8 (OT)
Hear the words of a poet who until now had only loved God from a distance
Hear Chris Tomlin sing How Great is our God
Watch the music video of U2’s I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (“I believe in the kingdom come; Then all the colours will bleed into one… You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains, Carried the cross of my shame”)
Listen to Change My Heart, Oh God
Read the book God Is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg
Read the book Connecting with the Heart of God by Charles Price & Elizabeth McQuoid
Download Hungry by Vineyard UK (iTunes)
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