Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
For me, as a Christian, God is love and God is all things good. From the precious baby just born to proud, weepy eyed parents, to the stars he so carefully placed in the sky for us to enjoy, even to the refreshing breeze that blows through your hair on a hot summer day.
Most importantly, God takes great care of those who have called upon Him in the name of His son, Jesus, and surrendered their lives to Him. For You O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5
God’s grace is amazing in the life of the believer. Remind you of a song? We don’t deserve His love, His forgiveness, or His grace, yet, because of Jesus, He lavishly bestows it upon us. Because of that, as a Christian, I can confidently say the following about God.
When I am down, He lifts me up. But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:3 ******* He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. Psalm 113:7
When I am treated wrongly He is on my side. The Lord is on my side, I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper. I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. Psalm 118:6,7 ******* If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31b
When I need someone to talk to, He is always there to listen. He is my friend. When the righteous cry for help the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 ***For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their prayer. 1 Peter 3:12a
When I make a mistake or do wrong, He lovingly convicts me, and bestows mercy on me time and time again. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22,23
He is my rock, my refuge, my strength, my fortress, my salvation. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God my rock in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
He brings me unending peace and joy in a dark, troubled, chaotic world. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 ******* You make know to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more. Psalm 16:11
Lastly, my God will never forsake me or let me down so I need not fear. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
That is the God that, as a believer, I am so blessed beyond measure to know!
Tragically, many people will never have the astounding privilege of knowing the God that I know. For there will be those who choose to reject the God of love, peace, joy, refuge and hope. For them, God will be a God of unspeakable wrath.
For, the same God who so amazingly created this earth, with all of it’s splendor for us to enjoy, will one day, in judgement, bring it to total destruction. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and it’s works will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10
The same God who lifts me up will be the downfall for the proud and rebellious. “Behold, I am against you, O proud one,” declares the Lord of hosts. “For your day has come, the time when I will punish you. The proud one shall stumble and fall with no one to raise him up.” Jeremiah 50:31,32a
The very same God who is on my side will be against those who have refused Him and the same God who listens to me and is my friend, will not hear when those who refused to listen to Him try to futily explain their “case.” “As I called and they would not hear, so they called and I would not hear.” says the Lord of Hosts. Zechariah 7:13
The God who convicts me lovingly and bestows mercy upon me time and time again when I do wrong, will condemn harshly and show no mercy to those who refused to believe in Him or acknowledge Him even though they so desperately cry out for mercy. Therefore, I will act in wrath. My eye will nor spare nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them. Ezekiel 8:18
The God who is my rock, refuge and fortress, will one day be the reason why people cry out for the rocks to fall on them in order to find refuge from His wrath, but they will find no refuge. Calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come and who can stand?” Revelation 6:16,17
Finally, the God who is my peace and joy, will be the God of sorrow, distress and eternal damnation for those not written in the book of life. In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 ******* Anyone whose name was not found in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
Before it’s too late, ask yourself, “Which God do I want to know?”