2 Reasons Why God Is Awesome
God has many attributes, just like we do as people created in his image. Some of his attributes we can relate to and others we cannot. To call God loving, wise, gracious, just, and merciful would be to describe true things about God that we share elements of. We can be loving, wise, gracious, just, and merciful though not at the full extent that God is. At the same time, God is also many things that are qualitatively different than us - two of which I want to briefly unpack here and then explain why it is good that these things are true.
1) God's Independence
To say that God is Independent is to proclaim his self-existence and self-sufficiency. To put it bluntly, God lacks nothing and needs nothing. He is forever self-existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect love, harmony, and unity. Which raises the question - why creation? Why create us? And how can we derive any sort of significance from the fact that God does not need us for anything? Well, Scripture tells us that God created us out of an overflow of who he is: his goodness, his joy, his love, etc. To put it in the words of C.S. Lewis:
“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them."
Here's the great thing about this truth: God's independence brings us incredible significance. Just imagine any celebrity or person of note in the world that you admire but do not know personally. What if, one day, they decided to take an interest in you? Pursue friendship with you? You would be flattered, maybe with a slight skip in your step. Now take the most significant being in the universe: the creator and sustainer of all things who knows all, sees all, and has power over all. He chooses to seek, save, love, and pursue broken, lost people through the person and work of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we are fully redeemed and God's words to us through the prophet Isaiah are true: "You are precious in my eyes." That's amazing.
2) God's Eternality
To say that God is eternal is to proclaim his timelessness. Psalm 90 says, "For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past." God is both distinct from his creation and also involved in it, meaning that he exists both within and outside of time. Mind blown? That's ok. He's God. If we could understand him fully, he wouldn't be God any more. God created time. Before the universe came into existence, Genesis says that there was nothing. Just God. He spoke and all of it came into being. He set everything in motion. And because he exists outside of time, he has the ability to see every moment in time. He sees yesterday as equally and vividly as he sees right now and tomorrow. The question is, why is this good news?
Think of it this way: Pauls says in Ephesians 1 that "God is working all things according to the counsel of his will" and then in Romans 8, "for those who love God all things work together for good." Which means when you're in the trenches of life, struggling with whatever pain, suffering, anxiety, or disaster might be thrown your way, you're left asking "is this true? How is this working for good?" But if God is truly eternal, if he truly sees all time equally and vividly, then that means he doesn't just know the good that is on the other side of our suffering, he sees it. In fact, he sees it as vividly as he sees us right now. Which means we can fully trust him when he says that he's working all things for our good and his glory. And that's incredibly comforting. Especially when we look at the brutality of the crucifixion of an innocent, perfectly righteous man. Through the death of Christ came the salvation of the world. God knows. He sees it.