13th February 2018

Attractive Opposites 

“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”
Deuteronomy 4:39 (NIV)

There is a school of thought that says opposites attract. According to ‘Psychology Today’ the subject is complicated. How true—I for one would not like to try to prove the theory one way or another.

Have you ever considered that our great God has opposing wonderful characteristics? The prophet Elijah experienced the contrasting attributes of God in 1 Kings 19:11, “Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.” That is where one would expect almighty God to be—full of power and dominance, expressing His majesty and authority. Not so—in His infinite mercy, God reduced His voice to a ‘gentle whisper’ to speak to Elijah in verse 12, “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 

Job 9:19 (KJV) says, “If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong.” In this chapter is a magnificent description of God’s power. ‘Lo, he is strong.’ The Hebrew word for strong signifies a conquering, prevailing strength. He is strong. The creation around us including ourselves is ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ declaring the awesome strength of God. Another amazing facet of God’s incredible character is His mighty strength and yet, also His approachability. Humanly speaking, we ought to be terrified of approaching Him, but no, Paul tells us, as he told the Hebrews in chapter 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” 

The eternal God wants us to come to Him without fear: think of that ‘gentle whisper.’ Another of His breath-taking attributes is love—love for you and me. It is beyond our human remit to begin to understand God, Job explains in chapter 36:26: “How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.”

A final contrast is the fact that God is with us as individuals. He knows the number of hairs on our head, He knows when a sparrow falls out of the sky, yet He is everywhere. Our wonderful God is the same yesterday, today and forever; mighty yet gentle, strong yet loving and so much more. Let us give Him praise for His wonderful diversity and love.

Our God is always with us. He is an infinite Spirit, not restricted to being in one location at a time. He fills every inch of space throughout the universe with all His wonderful personal attributes. Let us praise Him for who He is in all of His wonderful distinctions.

Prayer
Thank you, great and wonderful Father, for the love and mercy you have for us. We love you in all of your many ways—we praise and worship you with our whole hearts.
Amen
 

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net