4 Characteristics of God That Tell Us Who We Are

It doesn’t take much to send me into a tailspin. I can be plugging along, going to Bible studies, working for my kids’ school, volunteering, managing the household, parenting, attending school events, teaching Sunday school and writing. A negative comment on SOMEONE ELSE’S blog can make me feel a little uneasy realizing that I could get a comment like that. Thinking about that possibility can make me start questioning my choice to blog, how busy I am, and why I am doing each of the things I am doing. I really can head into a very existential, meta-type discussion with myself inside my own head. It’s annoying.

Thinking through these questions is not a terrible thing. But thinking about these things too often can make me freeze and stop doing what God has called me to do.

When we do face these kinds of questions, knowing who God is gives us essential information that helps us sort out the significant questions in life. The sooner we sort through them, the sooner we can get on with serving him and bringing him glory.

Maybe you, like me, have wondered…What is my purpose in life? Why was I born? What does God expect of me? Do I have a destiny to fill? Some basic truths about who God is can illuminate who we are and why we are here.


1. God is the creator – therefore, I am a created being. He made choices about me, what I look like, what I am passionate for, how I think about life. I was born because God wanted me to be born.

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
— Colossians 1:16


2. God is eternally loving – therefore, I am loved by him. This should give me incredible security. If you had loving parents as a child, remember how safe you felt in their laps, or holding on to their legs. He loves me and next to that fact, many of our struggles will fade in importance.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:16


3. God is involved in our lives – therefore, he is not distant. The Bible tells us Jesus prays for us and pleads our case to the father. If that is true, our lives have meaning. We matter to the Most High God!

Therefore (Jesus Christ) is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
— Hebrews 7:25


4. God has a plan for us – therefore, it does matter what we do and who we follow. If God has a plan for our lives that is for our good, we should want to follow that plan. We should run after it with excitement and energy.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11

What kinds of things send you into an existential tailspin? Or am I the only one?!!


Kathy Erickson4 Comments