In a little over two weeks, we celebrate the birth of Christ.  In light of that joy, here are a collection of reflections on the God who is now with us and in us.  Savor and share those that mean the most to you about the Lord who is everything to us.

Anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6
All-knowing
God’s knowledge is not objective and impersonal, but “interested.”—His knowledge is the expression of his sympathy, his care, his planning, and his love. He “knows what we have need of before we ask him.”
Emil Brunner
No matter how much the sinner tries to get away from God and all that is holy, righteous, and good, he is still under God’s all-seeing eye. So it is with the saved. All the veneer of hypocrisy and superficiality is removed by the Lord’s gaze. Not only does God know and see our every motive and action now, but at the judgment seat of Christ we will be judged according to the life we really lived.
Robert P. Lightner
The truth is that God in his wisdom, to make and keep us humble and to teach us to walk by faith, has hidden from us almost everything that we should like to know about the providential purposes which he is working out in the churches and in our own lives….
Let us see to it, then…. that we do not frustrate the wise purpose of God by neglecting faith and faithfulness in order to pursue a kind of knowledge which in this world it is not given to us to have.
J. I. Packer
All-powerful
God is the ever-present and all-pervading energy, guiding and directing everything.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
That one who has suffered defeat in the service of God, whose enemies crucified and mocked him, one who out of the depths of dereliction cried aloud to God, could reveal the almighty power of God—what human understanding, or what human imagination, would have conceived such an idea?
Emil Brunner
For God to rule the angry sea seems nothing to me compared with the power which he exercises upon himself when he endures the provocations of ungodly men, the hardness of their hearts, their rejection of Christ, and often times their blasphemous speeches and their unclean deeds. O sinner, when you are sinning with a high hand and with an outstretched arm, is it not a wonder of wonders that God does not cut you down, and end your insolence?
C. H. Spurgeon
Caring
He will come in his own time, and when you least expect it. Hope in him more than ever; thank him with me for the favors he does you, particularly for the fortitude and patience which he gives you in your afflictions. It is a plain mark of the care he takes of you. Comfort yourself, then, with him, and give thanks for all.
Brother Lawrence
For the love of God is broader than the measure of man’s mind; and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.
Frederick W. Faber
Changeless
He remains everlastingly the same. There are no furrows on his eternal brow. No age has palsied him; no years have marked him with the mementos of their flight…. The Godhead was the same when he was a babe in the manger, as it was when he stretched the curtains of heaven; it was the same God that hung upon the cross, and whose blood flowed down in a purple river, the self-same God that holds the world upon his everlasting shoulders, and bears in his hands the keys of death and hell. He never has been changed in his essence, not even by his incarnation; he remains everlasting, eternally, the one unchanging God.
C. H. Spurgeon
In coming to him at any time we need not wonder whether we shall find him in a receptive mood. He is always receptive to misery and need, as well as to love and faith. He does not keep office hours nor set aside periods when he will see no one. Neither does he change his mind about anything. Today, this moment he feels toward his creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as he did when he sent his only-begotten Son into the world to die for mankind. God never changes his moods or cools off in his affections or loses his enthusiasm.
A. W. Tozer
For a moral being to change, it would be necessary to change in one of two directions. Either the change is from something worse to something better, or else it is from something better to something worse. It should be evident that God can move in neither of these directions.
James Montgomery Boice
Eternal
God stands above time because he is its Creator and Lord. The God who creates time, who makes a beginning, who “allows” time, and who will one day say: “Now it is ended!”—this God is not himself involved in the time-process….
The eternity of God—this simply means his lordship over the time which he has created.
Emil Brunner
Faithful
The faithfulness of God is the unfailing source of comfort and assurance to those who are right with him, or partakers of his covenants of promise. It was a word of great meaning when Christ said, “I am—the truth” (John 14:6).
Lewis Sperry Chafer
The biblical language about the faithfulness of God is—everywhere the expression of a great and joyful amazement.
Emil Brunner
All I have needed thy hand hath provided—
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
T. O. Chisholm
Glorious
Though God sincerely seeks to promote the happiness of his creatures and to perfect the saints in holiness, neither of these is the highest possible end. That end is his own glory.
Henry C. Thiessen
God is not indifferent to how men and women regard him. He does not go his solitary way heedless of their rejection of him. Rather, he wills and acts to see that his glory is recognized. Recognition will come now, in each individual case, or it will become true for each in the day of God’s judgment.
James Montgomery Boice
In the thought of the Bible—and indeed in all genuine Christian thought—the idea of the “Glory of God” is absolutely fundamental. God wills to be recognized as God…. The Living God who makes his Name known to us is not indifferent. He wills “that the whole earth be filled with his Glory.
Emil Brunner
Good
That God is good is taught or implied on every page of the Bible and must be received as an article of faith as impregnable as the throne of God…. If God is not good, then there can be no distinction between kindness and cruelty, and heaven can be hell, and hell, heaven.
A. W. Tozer
The infinite goodness of God—is itself the source of all in the universe that is good.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
Calvary is the measure of the goodness of God; lay it to heart.
J. I. Packer
Holy
In its original and most fundamental sense, holy is not an ethical concept at all. Rather it means that which is of the very nature of God and which therefore distinguishes him from everything else. It is what sets God apart from his creation. It has to do with his transcendence.
James Montgomery Boice
God—alone—is God; the creature is—only—a creature. Hence the holiness of God evokes from man an incomparable sense of distance from him. God in his nature is inaccessible. He dwells “in light unapproachable” (1 Timothy 6:16).
Emil Brunner
He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.
Westminster Confession Of Faith
We know nothing like the divine holiness. It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensible, and unattainable. The natural man is blind to it. He may fear God’s power and admire his wisdom, but his holiness he cannot even imagine….
Holy is the way God is. To be holy he does not conform to a standard. He is that standard. He is absolutely holy with an infinite, incomprehensible fullness of purity.
A. W. Tozer
Just
God does not owe it to anyone to stop justice from taking its course. He is not obliged to pity and pardon; if he does so it is an act done, as we say, “of his own free will,” and nobody forces his hand.
J. I. Packer
The wrath of God is not at all like any emotion we know in human experience. It is, rather, that necessary and proper stance of the holy God to all that opposes him. It means that he takes the matter of being God seriously, so seriously that he will not allow any thing or personality to aspire to his place.
James Montgomery Boice
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws every day nearer and the command to repent goes unregarded.
A. W. Tozer
He is—most just and terrible in his judgments, hating all sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty.
Westminster Confession Of Faith
In no place has divine wisdom been so displayed as in the plan of redemption. Here God is seen to have solved his greatest of all problems, namely, how he could be just and at the same time be the justifier of sinners.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
Christians sometimes have the mistaken notion that God is lenient and less demanding with believers than he is with unbelievers. This is not true. God meted out the just demands of his absolute but offended righteousness on Christ. He bore it all, and the payment was made by him; and since we are in him by faith in him as Savior, God the Father accepts us.
Robert P. Lightner
Vast indeed is the universe of God…. The more we know, the further back we push the frontiers of the known, the more elusive seem the mysteries in the unknown to which they point Every blade of grass is an unsolved miracle of God. Every atom is an ocean into which, if you take three steps, you are lost—
The majesty of God! Our minds lost in the thought of it.
J. Wallace Hamilton
All human pride, pretense and achievement is reduced and evacuated by God, because he is that sort of God.
R. P. C. Hanson
Loving
The moral law of the love of our neighbor does not stand by itself, but it is the result of the original relation between the self-giving, creating God, and the man who has been created by him and for him. The first element in man’s relation with God is not the Law, but the self-giving love of God….
Faith is indeed simply being grasped and held by the love of God in Jesus Christ….
The fact that God is love is the quintessence, the central word of the whole Bible. The God of revelation is the God of love.
Emil Brunner
It is a strange and beautiful eccentricity of the free God that he has allowed his heart to be emotionally identified with men. Self-sufficient as he is, he wants our love and will not be satisfied till he gets it. Free as he is, he has let his heart be bound to us forever.
A. W. Tozer
Though infinitely holy, he nevertheless maintains a relation to fallen creatures; not a quiescent aloofness from them, but a vital, pulsating nearness.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
Majestic
Like us, he is personal; but unlike us he is great….
The most universally awesome experience that mankind knows is to stand alone on a clear night and look at the stars. Nothing gives a greater sense of remoteness and distance; nothing makes one feel more strongly one’s own littleness and insignificance…. It is God who brings out the stars; it was God who first set them in space; he is their maker and master; they are all in his hands, and subject to his will. Such are his power and majesty.
J. I. Packer
God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made.
Westminster Confession Of Faith
We worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance. For the Father’s person is one, the Son’s another, the Holy Spirit’s another; but the Godhead of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is one, their glory is equal, their majesty co-eternal.
The Athanasian Creed
Merciful
Without detracting from his holiness, God could make an end of sinful man. But if an end must be made, if the book of History must be closed, and the hour of judgment must strike, then why not now? Why not much earlier than this? Why not at the beginning of sinful humanity? To this question there is no other answer than this, that God’s mercy gives this breathing-space to the human race in order to give it “a last chance,” the possibility of repentance and amendment.
Emil Brunner
We may plead for mercy for a lifetime in unbelief, and at the end of our days be still no more than sadly hopeful that we shall somewhere, sometime, receive it. This is to starve to death just outside the banquet hall into which we have been warmly invited. Or we may, if we will, lay hold on the mercy of God by faith, enter the hall, and sit down with the bold and avid souls who will not allow diffidence and unbelief to keep them from the feast.
A. W. Tozer
To some of us, the most incredible verse in the Bible is “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock. The angels must have been breathless with the sheer restraint of it: this God who could wither us by his power, coming to men not with might, but with mercy, with enormous respect for our frailty and our freedom, standing at the heart’s door to seek admission there.
J. Wallace Hamilton
Sovereign
No difference exists between what God wills and what he can do.
Emil Brunner
Temptations and sorrows come to Christians and non-Christians alike. The question is: How shall we meet them? Clearly, if we must face them with no clear certainty that they are controlled by God and are permitted for his good purposes, then they are meaningless and life is a tragedy. That is precisely what many existentialists say. But if God is still in control, then such circumstances are known to him and have their purpose.
James Montgomery Boice
Who owns the earth? The communists say it belongs to the workers. The socialists say it belongs to the state. The capitalists say it belongs to those who are smart enough and strong enough and free enough to take it. And because all are wrong in their basic outlook—that is, in their ideas of sovereignty—they will go on setting tribe against tribe in endless economic confusion. “The earth is the Lord’s.” That is not good advice; it is the great truth, to which we must adjust, and Without which nothing else will come right.
J. Wallace Hamilton
He is our Creator, Lord, our Sustainer. He has an unlimited right to us and claim over us which in any other person would be intolerable tyranny, but is right and justified in God alone, because God is God. In the case of God alone it is wrong and sinful for us to criticize, to be objective or neutral, to stand outside; we must submit and surrender.
R. P. C. Hanson
Only God is free.
A. W. Tozer
There is perfect peace and highest destiny for those who, knowing the will of God, are subject to it There is distress and anguish awaiting those who, knowing the will of God, disregard it.
Lewis Sperry Chafer

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