“Beauty is a powerful signpost that calls out to all: “Look and see. The one true God is good'” (The Gospel Coalition).
“What is God like?” That is the question of the ages. All of us, at one time or another, will ask this.
Addison Road portrays this question beautifully in their song, What do I Know of Holy?
What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?
The holiness of God is so completely glorious that our limited minds cannot even begin to comprehend it.
In fact, The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, is dedicated wholly to exploring this one topic. It concludes that, while we cannot compare God to anything in this finite world, His attributes can be found within the study of Scripture.
The glory of God is a broad topic, leading us to discover His many attributes such as omniscience, self-existence, sovereignty, mercy, etc.
If I were to go into detail on all of the attributes of God, this article would turn into a book. Today, our focus will remain on the general glory of God seen in the world around us.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
When I think of the awesomeness of God, my mind is drawn to the book of Job. Famous for its topic of suffering among the godly, the story of Job also demonstrates the sovereignty of God in a mighty way.
Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me: Would you indeed annul my judgement? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified? Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His?Job 40:7-9 NKJV
Most people are familiar with Job. He was a righteous man who lost everything; family, animals, possessions, health.
When Job questions God about his suffering, we expect God to give an answer. To our surprise, God offers much more than a simple explanation.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!Job 38:4-5a NKJV
God spends four entire chapters answering Job (you can read for yourself in Job 38-41).
He exercises His sovereignty over the earth and all that is in it, pronouncing His glory and power.
Standing in complete awe before God, Job answers and says, “I have uttered what I did not understand. Things too wonderful for Me, which I did not know” (Job 42:3 NKJV).
The Lord is too wonderful for us to fully grasp.
While I used to be a bit disappointed that God did not offer a simple explanation for suffering, I am coming to the point of true reverence for the Lord.
We are human, therefore, we cannot fully understand the mystery of God’s glory. As Job said, God’s holiness is too wonderful for us to grasp. But what a joy it is to rest in the assurance that a holy and just God is sovereign over us!
He created the Universe, intricately weaving His plan throughout all of time.
I stand in awe of our Creator and Lord; the One who holds the stars.
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Seeing the Goodness of God in the Old Testament: