I want to know Your attributes, God! Is that a cry of your heart? For years I thought I knew who God was. And I did to a certain extent. But I soon learned that my knowledge of God was out of proportion. I understood God to be Love. That is what I focused all of my attention on. God certainly has a way of correcting us in the most unexpected ways. I am very thankful that He corrects those who are is! Several years ago, God brought a woman into my life who became my mentor and friend. Her understanding of God was completely opposite of mine. She understood God to be wrathful and condemning. Two very different views wouldn’t you say? I was on one end of the spectrum while she was on the other. Thankfully, through the study of His word we’ve met in the middle! You see God is love but He is also wrathful, condemns, faithful, just, and…
When we really start to focus on what His word teaches, you and I will begin to know the One true God. But until we begin to focus on what He reveals in His word we will be unbalanced in our thinking as Vicki and I were. More importantly, if we do not diligently seek to know the God of the Bible by studying His attributes from the Bible, we set up, chase after, and worship a false god. Sounds harsh, doesn’t it? But it is true. By me focusing on God being only love, I was in reality, setting up an idol. I was making Him what I wanted Him to be not who He is and says He is. So how do you and I learn who God is and not make a false idol? We study what He reveals through His word.
Looking For the Attributes of God
The only place you and I can go to learn the attributes of God is straight to the source, the Bible, God’s Holy Word. In it, God reveals who He is and how you and I are to worship Him. In order to keep myself on track and really know God, I put into practice a way to learn His attributes. When I study a book of the Bible I always start by looking for, marking, and recording, every attribute of God that is spoken.
Yes, it is work.
Yes, it takes time.
But the benefits far out way the work! I am actually learning who God is not who I think He is. Nor am I limiting His glory. God is glorified in His love and in His wrath!
Have I convinced you this is the way to study and learn who God is? I sure hope so. I know you do not want to set up idols.
You will never regret putting this type of study into practice, I promise!
Would you please let me know if you decide to undertake this work! Please come back and let me know one thing you learned about God that you did not know before!
How to Get Started
First, you will need a Bible, obvious right, and a book of the Bible to start with. I will suggest starting with a small book, like Titus, 1 John, or Philippians. Now that you have your Bible and have picked a book, get a pen or pencil, and paper. Systematically work through the book you have chosen.
I have always used a spiral bound notebook until I ran across a post my friend and fellow blogger, Kathy Erickson, wrote. She gave it the title, “My God Is,” of course I headed over to read it! She has been running a series on her blog discussing the attributes of God. In this particular post, she offers a printable she created just for recording His attributes.
Kathy gave me permission to share the link so you can download, print, and start recording and learning the attributes of God using her printable! Head on over to her blog and print out these worksheets! Be sure and thank Kathy for her generosity and her efforts to spur you on in your walk with Christ!