1 John 4:16 (erv)
If you had to describe yourself using just 1 word, what would that word be? What about if someone else had to describe you using 1 word; what do you think they’d say? I have a feeling mine would be something height related.
What about God? What’s the 1 word you’d use to describe Him? A few days ago, we looked at the song “Scars” by I Am They. I hope you’ve had a chance to listen to it and to read through the lyrics, because it’s phenomenal. If you haven’t, you can still check it out here.
Incase you’re not familiar with it, there’s a line in the chorus that goes, “I’m thankful for the scars, cuz without them, I wouldn’t know your heart. And I know they’ll always tells of who you are.”
Who you are. I’ve been thinking about those 3 words from that song a lot lately. And I’m sorry to say that my answer to the question I asked earlier, about describing God, isn’t always consistent. My answer depends on the day or the circumstances that I’m walking through. And while that’s not right or fair or even true, it is true for me.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in writing this devotional is attempting to walk the line between sharing God’s truth and sharing my own. I’ve never wanted to represent myself as a “super Christian” who has it all figured out and lives her life perfectly; I’m getting like 99% of wrong fairly regularly. But I also know the importance of representing God’s truth without justifying my own shortcomings. So, I’ll tell you where I’m at right now, with full disclosure that it’s not where I want to remain. And I don’t believe it’s where God intends for me to remain.
Deciding who I believe God is and making judgements about His character based on the type of day or week I’m having is still a really easy trap for me to fall into. I can recognize the lie in this belief and mindset, and I’m working to change it through prayer and studying the Word, which is what brought me here to this verse today.
God can’t be defined by 1 word. The Creator of every word is complex and creative. He’s unfathomable, unimaginable, and unknown. He’s flawless. But if we have to choose just 1 word to define Him, it should be love.
And even though I don’t always believe this, I know it’s true: God is the same on good days and bad days, in hard times and easy times, on the mountains and in the valleys. God is love. That’s a permanent character trait that’s dictated simply by His nature, not our circumstances.
If you had to describe God using just 1 word, what word would you choose? It’s okay to be honest with yourself and with Him in this space. Completing this activity honestly will help to reveal what’s really in your heart, so that you can examine it and work through anything you might be facing.
For a deeper understanding of who God is.