Catechism Mondays: Week 2

Q: What is God?

A: God is the creator, and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness, and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.

“There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God….But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:8-10, 15

Have you ever had one of those moments that takes your breath away? And in those moments you think, there must be something more, something bigger than all of us out there. We all probably have, whether or not we believe in “something more.” For almost as long as the world has existed, people have been searching for that something out there that is bigger than themselves. Every culture has mythologies, legends, and tales of something more. All of these tales have some sort of outside influence in them. Some have a legion of various gods, some have one or a small handful of gods, some elude to the nebulous “nature” or “universe” as the driving force behind life, the universe, and everything. And, of course, every culture has its atheists, those who deny the existence of any driving force besides each individual person.

But what if I told you that there is something bigger than all of us, a driving force that not only created the world and moves it on its axis, but also cares deeply for what happens on our world? And not only does this “force” care, it is heavily involved in what happens on our world. But the term “driving force” is wildly insufficient. God is the creator and sustainer of everything and everyone. He not just a neutral watchmaker, winding up the universe, sitting back, and letting it do its thing. God is wholly involved in his creation.

God is the creator. He is the sustainer. There is nothing on this earth that does not occur outside his perfect, sovereign, loving will. He has always been. He always will be. He does not change. He is faithful. He is wholly good, the giver of all wisdom, the executor of perfect justice, the determiner of absolute truth. Last week, we learned that our hope is that we belong completely to God. This is the God that we belong to. He is good, he is just, he is all-powerful, he is holy, he is sovereign. What comfort it is to know that this God that we belong to is the holy, perfect, loving, and good God of the universe! He deserves all of our glory. He deserves all of our praise.

Catechism question and answer taken from The New City Catechism by Tim Keller. This week’s question, answer, and verse can be found on pages 18-19 of The New City Catechism.
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