because of God's love

God's characteristics are seen through his creation!
Day 4

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     In this daily devotional I felt getting to know the One who loves us so very much was a must. One of the ways we will do this is to learn about God's characteristics. Romans 1:20 teaches us that, God's character, or Who He is, is seen and understood by the things that He has made.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. NASB®

     I would like to remind you as you travel the road of life, to look for God's character in His creation. If you have ever seen the movie, March of the Penguins, you saw the sacrificial love the penguins have for their young. I thought, "Wow! What an example of God's love."

     We are going to look at God's character throughout this daily devotional. Let's begin with the most important of God's characteristics to us. It is His love. God's love permeates who He is. God is sovereign, but His rule is acted out through His love. God is all-powerful, but every act of His power is done because of His love. God's act of creation was an act of love which resulted in life for all things.

     God is all-powerful, and we certainly see His power in creation. Wouldn't it have been quite thrilling to have seen God create the visible universe from things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:3)? When I think God spoke the universe and our world into being without lifting a finger, I am dumbfounded with such power. Many leaders throughout history have done awful and quite horrifying things because they have the power to do them. Think of Hitler. No one or nothing can stop God from doing what He wants to do with His power. Aren't you so glad His power is permeated by His love? If you doubt that His love leads His power, just think about His willingness to put Himself under the control of sinful men and die from a man-made torture, death by crucifixion, out of His love for you.

Life Application

     Read about God's power in Psalm 59:16-17, Psalm 62:11-12a, Daniel 4:34-35, and John 11:33-45. Write down any insights. No one in history has been all powerful like God except for Jesus Christ. Some people would like to be all powerful, but thank God they are not. Power does seem to corrupt sooner or later. As Christians, God certainly won't make us all powerful, but He does want us to have access to the power we need to live the right way, which is His way. We get His power by being connected to Him through His Spirit. Read Acts 1:8 and 2 Timothy 1:7.

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