“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This is the first verse in the Bible.
• All things begin with God.
• The Bible begins with God.
• A study of the Bible must also begin with God, for the Bible is God’s book.
“What is God like?” “How can we know there is a God?” These are the most important questions anyone can ask. Nothing is of greater importance than the answers to these questions. The answers we give to these questions will determine (decide) how we live on the earth. The answers we give to these questions will determine where we will live after this life on this earth is over. Let us turn to the Bible, God’s book, to learn the answers.
WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
God is eternal! God has always lived. He will always live. The Bible says of God: “Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalms 90:2).
All people who live on the earth will grow old. All will die. But God can never grow old or die. Let us hear the Bible again:
“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of thy hands: They shall perish; but thou continuest: And they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up, As a garment, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, And thy years shall not fail” (Hebrews 1:10-12).
God is all powerful! “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). We human beings are weak. There are many things we do not have the strength to do. But God has all power. He can do anything. By His great power, God created the heavens and the earth. By His great power, God created man. We can trust the promises of God, for He has the power to fulfill them.
God is all-knowing! God knows everything, for God sees every-thing. It is possible to hide things from the eyes of men, but nothing can be hidden from God. “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings” (Proverbs 5:21). “…God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things” (1 John 3:20).
God is unchanging! Everything in this world changes. Governments change when nations become independent and new leaders replace old leaders. Ways of living change. Habits and customs of people change. The weather changes. Styles of clothing change. Even our bodies change as we grow older. But God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. “For I am the LORD, I change not…” (Malachi 3:6).
(To be continued)
From Truth for the World website — Truthfortheworld.org