God Is Perfect

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
Psalm 18:30
This quality of God’s perfection is yet another characteristic that must be true in order for us to fully worship him. And because God is perfect, without any flaw, he is the standard by which all else may be measured. If there would be another standard higher than God’s standard, then God would be subject to judgment of another. If he were not perfect, he could neither be absolutely self-sufficient, nor worthy of our worship. We see God’s perfection in his character, his Word, and his actions.
 
A person’s character is the sum total of all the qualities that make a person an individual. God’s perfect character is displayed in his perfect love; he is all that love means. He is perfectly faithful and remains the same regardless of human behavior or circumstances, and even our innate sense of justice comes from God’s flawless execution of justice. He is fair and right. Even his forgiveness is perfect because of the death of his perfect son, Jesus.
 
Jesus proclaims that God’s word is perfectly true when he prays, ‘Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth.’ (John 17:17) Jesus is not merely saying God’s word isn’t false, but rather that it is the total and perfect truth. Since God is perfect, everything he speaks is completely free from flaw or error.
 
Some of God’s actions can be difficult to understand. When we survey the Old Testament, we may be tempted to evaluate God’s workings from our own perspective, and using our imperfect judgement. But, if we begin with the premise that God is right, good, and perfect we can trust that his movements are past our understanding.
 
Why must we revisit God’s perfection regularly? And does it really matter that God is perfect, in his character, his word, and his actions? The acknowledgement of God’s perfection is extremely important as we process all of life through this most important lens. We cannot serve a god is who is less than us, who makes mistakes, who does not speak truth or have pure and perfect motives.  But our temptation to question God’s perfection comes often. When sickness, pain, loss, and emotion overwhelm us, we me be only one thought away from questioning the perfection of God’s goodness, his timing, or his love.
 
We must make time to consider God’s perfection when we are not overwhelmed with trouble. ‘Don’t forget in the darkness what you have seen in the light’, encourages us to think about and meditate on flawlessness of our God. Today, take time to consider the perfection of the God who defines love, truth, and justice.  He does no wrong.
 
Questions for reflection:

  1.  When have you been tempted to question God’s actions?
  2.  How does thinking rightly about God change your actions?
  3.  Memorize this simple phrase from Psalm 18:30 ‘As for God, his way is perfect.’
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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