Divine Attributes for Study and Refleciton
This past Sunday in preaching on Lamentations 3 I encouraged you all to choose an attribute of God, study it from Scripture, and consider how that truth about God should shape how you live daily and give you solid hope.
There are many to choose from, including God's omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence. Be sure to utilize helps like concordances, Bible dictionaries, and trustworthy online resources.
I thought it would also be helpful to give some examples or jump starters. Here are three:
- God’s Independence, or Aseity: God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything, yet we and the rest of creation can glorify him and bring him joy. Acts 17:24-25; Job 41:1; Psalm 50:10-12; Psalm 90:2; Exodus 3:14.
- God’s Unchangeableness, or Immutability: God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises, yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations. Psalm 102:25-27; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17; Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 46:9-11.
- God’s Eternity: God has no beginning, end, or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time. Job 36:26; John 8:58; Psalm 90:4; Galatians 4:4-5.
Note: The above definitions are taken from Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1994).