Knowing God As He Is

Samuel Smith


God is love. He is unerring and infallible, slow to anger and forever merciful. This is not a fallacious idea concocted by some folks to project their deity (God) but a constant union with God Himself reveals that, that is His ideal nature. Love, mercy, goodness and the likes are His nature and it is evidenced in His dealings with the fallen human race. He that spared not His own son, but delivered him up for us all, is a loving father of all and wish nothing evil for His own. It is His ardent desire that we may prosper in all things.

The God who is full of love and compassion, is also a just God. He deals fairly with every human being. Human beings are evil and our morals are corrupt. We always want to eat our cake and still have it and so we like to live comfortably whiles enjoying sin. We forget that every evil deed has a painful negative consequence. And so when we are reaping the evil consequences of our sins, we turn around to accuse God. Unfortunately, the diabolic mindset of mankind has darkened our view on this loving God. This should be the mindset of anyone who want to associate with God.

This backsliding and giving up spirit is because of how we perceive God. We mostly do not know how God works. Because of our situations, we normally want to take God as a microwavable God. If God delay and do not work in this line, we take God’s patience to be His absence. We see His perfect acts and kind dealings as His lateness or even wickedness. We forget that, even in those difficult times, we are not totally consumed for God’s goodness sake. We easily forget that He has appointed unto us a day and forget to trust in His own time.

In David’s affliction and trials, He cried unto the Lord for salvation. When all hope was lost and his own strength vanquished, he lamented; "how long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?" In this psalm, we see David groaning for help. In these critical times, he did not lose hope nor deny his faith but continued trusting in the Lord’s mercies. He said; ‘I have trusted in your mercy, my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me’. As he waited patiently upon the Lord, he witnessed the goodness of God.

We are called to wait upon the Lord. Never rush ahead of him or sluggishly slack behind. We should constantly be in tune with God. Those who wait upon God have their strength renewed. In your hard times and difficult moments, never lose hope for all things work together for good to them that love God. Keep on trusting and waiting on the Lord. By waiting upon the Lord in His appointed time, you will mount up with new vigor and the salvation of the Lord will be yours. In waiting upon the Lord, we do not allude to indolently sitting aloof. We imply, praying and acting, watching and waiting for the fulfilment of God’s promise and the salvation of the Lord.

(Romans 3:23; Psalm 13:1-6; Isaiah 40:31; Ephesians 1:10; Luke 22:40; Romans 8:28; Lamentations 3:22, 23)

Pr. Nicholas Obeng Agyekum