First Step Devotional | Day 1 - West Ridge Church

Day 1: God’s Character

In the beginning, God…This is how the Bible starts. Before you were, God was. That means that not only is there a Creator of everything, but this also means God owns everything. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). The God of the Bible is all-knowing, all-powerful, and supremely good. There is no evil thing in God and He is the definition of perfection.

When we read Ephesians 2, we see that God is holy. He hates sin and for those who reject Jesus Christ, there is wrath coming. However, this passage of scripture also talks about how God is rich in mercy and has great love for His children. 

It can be difficult to understand how God can be both just and merciful. The best place for us to look for both of these things is the cross of Jesus Christ. At the cross, God shows His wrath against sin through the substitutionary death of His Son. He also shows great mercy for us because His Son Jesus is dying in our place so that we get grace and mercy instead of wrath and judgment. Romans 5:8 says that God shows His love in this way, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is a perfect picture of how justice and mercy can co-exist. It is also a wonderful reality for the follower of Jesus. We get to have a relationship with the mighty, all-knowing, all-powerful God.

God is greater than our minds can even comprehend. Yet, He still desires your heart and relationship with you!  



God, as Your word says in Psalm 25:4 – Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow.” God, will You teach me Your ways? I want to walk in truth and I want to be a student of Your word. Thank You for saving me and thank You for loving me, in Jesus’ name, amen.