Thanksgiving brings to mind our bountiful blessings, but let’s not forget to focus on the Giver of all good gifts.
Scripture is filled with imagery describing God and His relationship with creation, but these images only scratch the surface in portraying the depths of God’s power and majesty.
• Self-sufficient: God is absolutely independent—He doesn’t need anyone or anything to exist. He is free from any outside control (see Acts 17:25).
• Immutable: God's attributes or characteristics never change, nor does He capriciously change how He deals with man. We can trust Him for salvation because He remains faithful to His promises (see James 1:17).
• Infinite: God isn’t limited by space or time. He is eternal and present everywhere in the universe (see Acts 17:24).
• Truth: God is consistent with Himself. Whatever God says is true, and whatever God thinks is true. Because God is true, He is always faithful. We can always depend on Him to keep His promises (see Rom. 3:4; Titus 1:2).
• Love: God always seeks the best for His creatures. It was God’s love that moved Him to offer salvation to mankind (see John 3:16). The best thing we can have in life is a loving relationship with a loving God (see 1 John 4:8).
• Holy: This term means “to be set apart.” In contrast to people who are sinful, God is pure and sinless (see 1 Peter 1:15). He is also set apart as the unique sovereign ruler of the universe (see Isaiah 57:15).
• Righteous or Just: God must always deal with us in relation to His perfect, holy character. Because God is righteous, He cannot allow evil in His presence (see Acts 17:31).
• All-powerful: As the Supreme Being of the universe, God’s will is law. What He has planned and decided will come to pass because He has the power to make it happen (see Matt. 19:26).
Understanding the eternal attributes of God is a powerful encouragement as we share our faith.
The awesome, eternal, all-powerful God who bestows blessings on us calls us to bless others with an eternal message of hope.