God is __________. How do you fill in that blank? Based on your experience or on the truth found in God’s Word? The Bible should be the source of our convictions about God. The God of the Bible is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Our image of God must be consistent with His Word.
Who is God, and what is He like? Some people imagine Him as a loving grandfather in heaven who’s waiting to bless them, while others think He’s a harsh judge sitting on His throne, ready to pour out punishment. There are also people who don’t even believe God exists because they want to live as they please rather than in obedience to His divine authority. However, the only way to truly know God and His attributes is to rely on the descriptions of Him that are found in the Scripture.
A right understanding of God is essential because it has eternal ramifications. According to Romans 1:19-20, that which is known about God is evident within us, and His invisible attributes, eternal power, and divine nature are clearly on display through His creation. Therefore, we have no excuse. To deny His existence is to suppress the truth and bring ultimate disaster upon ourselves.
We all have convictions that govern our lives, and being certain about God’s identity should be one of them. A conviction is being so thoroughly convinced of the absolute truth of something that we are willing to take a stand for it regardless of the consequences. When we are convinced that God’s Word is true, we have a sure foundation for our convictions about God.