When we say God is awesome, we usually think of the power, might, intellect and wisdom behind the creation. For example, did you know that there are stars out there as much bigger than the sun as the sun is bigger than the Earth? And yet all the information needed to grow a complete person -- from hair color to height to intelligence to some personality traits -- are encoded on molecules so small that they can't be seen without powerful microscopes. From the intricate ways that ecosystems work to the hugeness of our galaxy (which is only one of many), we see the true greatness of the God who could just speak these things into existence.
And yet this creative power/genius might be one of the smaller attributes of our great God. Search the English Standard Version for "steadfast love". 193 verses use that phrase throughout the Bible and most if not all of them refer to God's love for his people--his steadfast, or patient, love for his continually failing people. Think about that for a second: He creates mankind, gives us all blessings and watches as they are thrown away through the overreaching of man. He watches as his creations begin to deny his existence, as they give the worship owed to him to other creatures or to made up fancies. He watches as his creations revile him, purposefully rebel against him and purposefully cover themselves in filth. And He still loved us. He was still willing to sacrifice his son to save us even after watching even the most blessed of his creation (Israelites) choose sin rather than him. It’s not just that we were enemies to God. We were his own creatures, created specifically to serve him, who chose to turn away and become enemies. And he still loved us.
Imagine that a robotics engineer built a small robot to do basic housework. Instead of cleaning the house, the robot overrode its programming and purposefully dirtied the house. Whenever the engineer tried to correct the problem, the robot actively tried to injure the engineer. How would most people respond to that? We'd turn off the robot and junk the whole thing, right? But God didn't react that way when his creations turned against him. God is a God of love, whose steadfast love endures forever. His ability to love is as much beyond us as his ability to create is beyond us.
Our God is an Awesome God.
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