The amazing attributes of a God who cares
“For this is what the high and exalted One says, – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.'” (Isaiah 57:15, NIV)
I find it difficult to wrap my mind around the attributes of God – that he is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (in all places at all times). I suppose I would be more surprised if I completely understood God, as I might then consider him to be more like me, a mere mortal, and less like who he really is, the God of all creation. I’m reminded of the LORD’s words in Isaiah 55:9, “‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'” (NIV). I am, therefore, content to worship him, even though I do not fully understand him.
As I consider God’s omnipotence, I am amazed at the complexities and extremes of his power. God is mighty enough to fill the midnight sky with bolts of lightning and explosions of thunder. Yet, he exercises precision and control in the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings. He directs the planets as they race around the sun and the gentle fall of snowflakes on a January day.
I think about God’s omniscience, that he is aware of every thought of my mind and every concern of my heart and how this is true with every creature on the face of the planet. I am, at times, fearful to think that “…before a word is on my tongue…” (Psalm 139:4, NIV), God knows it completely. How many times have I uttered piercing words without a thought of the offense they might convey?
I recall God’s omnipresence from the Sunday School lessons of my childhood, that God is somehow in every place at every time of the day and night. He refuses to be constrained to the confines of heaven, and, rather, chooses to occupy all of time and space. God is majestic enough to be seated on his mighty throne, yet humble enough to hang upon a wooden cross.
So, I worship God, not because I am commanded to do so, but because I know of no other response. For he is worthy of all my praise.