Pastor`s Pen

The Character of God

How often do we stop to think about who God is? We often think about what God
can do for us, but if we are honest, we often overlook God’s character. When we
find ourselves in difficult situations, we tend to think about ourselves. We tend to
think about our pain, our challenges, and our difficulties. My encouragement is to
begin to shift our thinking to a God-centered focus.
I often wonder what the effect would be if the people of God would begin to slow
down enough in our busy lives to dwell on God and His character rather than on
our circumstances. Biblical history is littered with the stories of God’s unfailing
and unchanging character, and yet we, like the Israelites, quickly forget God’s
faithfulness when we find ourselves wandering in the wilderness.
Throughout the Scriptures, God is shown to be: loving, good, long-suffering, holy,
merciful, compassionate, just, faithful, slow to anger, righteous, all-knowing, all-
powerful, kind, gracious, wise, glorious, and the list could go on and on. So why
should we turn our focus from our own circumstances to God’s character? We do
this because God’s character is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is
the same yesterday and today and forever.” Humanity quickly forgets and
continually proves to be inconsistent, but God is unchangeable and timeless. His
promises of old remain true to the end.
God’s character is what ultimately makes the good news of Jesus trustworthy. All
throughout history when Jesus promises something, He follows through on that
promise. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection proves to be the climatic point of
God’s faithfulness to His people. On our own, we fail, fall short, and prove
ourselves to be unreliable, but that is not our experience with God.
When the storms of life come our way, I pray that we learn to remind our hearts
of God and His character. There is a reason that we put our faith and trust in
God. We do this because God is faithful and trustworthy. Why then do we tend to
forget this when things go wrong? Rather than look at our circumstances, may
we look to the God of peace that said, “These things I have spoken to you, so
that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take
courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Even if your circumstances
do not change, may we find peace in who God is. “Now may the Lord of peace
Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you
all!” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
In Christ,
Nick, Amanda, and Julia Gagnon

In Christ,

Nick, Amanda, and Julia Gagnon