June 5, 2018

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us


"Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance. It's that we lack awe." Jen Wilkin

I loved this quote, it's a reminder that our worth is in Christ, not in what we think of ourselves. And that it is far more important to find awe in the Lord and His greatness.

I found this book God honoring, bringing Him foremost to our minds and hearts. He really is, who He says He is.

Each chapter talks about an attribute of God that is different from us. Here are the chapter headings:

 1.  Infinite: The God of No Limits

 2.  Incomprehensible: The God of Infinite Mystery

 3.  Self-Existent: The God of Infinite Creativity

 4.  Self-Sufficient: The God of Infinite Provision

 5.  Eternal: The God of Infinite Days

 6.  Immutable: The God of Infinite Sameness

 7.  Omnipresent: The God of Infinite Place

 8.  Omniscient: The God of Infinite Knowledge

 9.  Omnipotent: The God of Infinite Power

10. Sovereign: The God of Infinite Rule

If you've ever wondered what some of these attributes are, this book is for you! Jen explains each carefully and makes it easy for us to understand. She starts each chapter off with a life experience that shows us our need for the infinite God.

I thought I'd share a bit from one of the chapters.


Chapter six talks about God being Immutable: The God of infinite sameness.

"For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?" Psalm 18:31

Jen says here of God's unchanging nature:

"Consider how great the comfort in being personally connected to a God who changes not. From the Old Testament to the New, He is the same. None of His attributes can increase or decrease because each is unchangingly infinite. His knowledge cannot increase or decrease. His faithfulness cannot increase or decrease. Our actions, good or bad, can neither add to nor diminish His glory. He cannot become more holy or less steadfast. He simply is these things to the utmost - forever. The God who was is the God who is. The God who is is the God who is to come. The God who is to come is the God who was."

And here:

"Because He does not change, we can rely on the unchanging truth of Scripture. What He pronounces as sin will always be sin. What He pronounces as good will always be good. All that He has promised to do must come to pass. The gospel itself is bound up in the idea of God's immutability. We fervently need God to stay the same - our great hope of salvation lies in His remaining exactly as who He says He is, doing exactly what He has said He will do. As long as His infinite sameness endures, He will not change His mind about setting His love on us. 

We cannot commit a future sin that will change his verdict, because His verdict was passed with every sin past, present, and future fixed in view. Whom God pronounces righteous will always be righteous. Nothing we could do can remove from us the seal of His promised redemption. Nothing can separate us from the unfailing, unchanging love of this great God, the Rock of our salvation upon which the house of our faith is built."

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38

Jen says here of how God is different than us in this particular aspect:

"When we apply the terms always or never to other people, we speak an untruth. Human beings don't always or never anything. We just aren't that consistent. We frequently, we fairly regularly, we often or habitually, but we do not always or never." 

She ends the chapter with this comforting plea:

"There is no rock but the Rock of our salvation. No human heart is so hard that He cannot soften it, not even yours. Turn loose of the idolatry of your always and nevers. Those words are true only of God. Ask Him to sustain you through the ever-changing moments of this life. Ask Him to change what you have believed to be beyond the power of His grace to alter. Our God of infinite sameness is a rock. When all around us is shifting sand, may we cry to Him, 'Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge.' Psalm 61:2"

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2


The LORD lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let the God of my salvation be exalted. Psalm 18:46

 
 

This book encourages us to put our trust in the infinite God. God is so much more beautiful and wonderful and awesome than our finite minds can conceive. We are blessed with what His has shared of Himself, through His Word.

God is good, and these words have never had more meaning..

"The goodness of God endures continually." Psalm 52:1

I highly recommend this book! I'm also looking forward to reading her next one called, 'In His Image.'


Buy it HERE on Amazon


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