What is God like?

Here's the answer:

"I am God. There is no other God. I am God. There is no one like me" (Isaiah 46:9b).

Because God is altogether greater than us, we can’t know exactly what He is like. All we see in this world are created things, but God is the Creator of the heavens and earth. Everything else had a beginning, but God has always been.

Creation—the stars, the mountains, the flowers—tells us there’s a God who is eternal, powerful, and wise. But creation is not enough to know what God is like. Thankfully, God tells us what He is like in the Bible.

In God’s Word, the Bible, we find out...

• God is sovereign. That means God rules over all and has all power to do exactly as He desires (see Isaiah 46:9b–10).

• God is all-wise. He knows everything and how to do everything perfectly (see Romans 11:33).

• God is holy. This means He is one of a kind, perfect, separate from sin (see Isaiah 6:3b and Psalm 5:4).

• God is just. Being holy, God can’t stand sin. Being just, God will punish sinners (see Romans 2:5).

• God is love. He loves everyone He has created, and sent His own son to die for our sins. We only need to turn from our sin and believe in Him to be forgiven and begin to enjoy a personal relationship with God (see Romans 5:8–9).

Keep reading the Bible to find out what God is like. You might want to take a yellow highlighter during your daily Bible reading to highlight verses that tell you what God is like. And as you learn about God, you don’t have to worry about Him changing. What God is like—holy, just, loving—is always the same (see Malachi 3:6a)!

Bible Truth

"Ever since the world was created it has been possible to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God. Those things can be seen in what he has made. So people have no excuse for what they do" (Romans 1:20).

"We never stop thanking God for the way you received his word. You heard it from us. But you didn’t accept it as a human word. You accepted it for what it really is. It is God’s word. It is at work in you who believe" (1 Thessalonians 2:13b).

"And what is eternal life? It is knowing you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3).