Who is God to You?

 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” Exodus 3:14

A few years back I started making a list  of the ways that I experience God.    It is an inadequate list, and sometimes lacking in clarity.  I’m not always certain what I  was thinking, and reflecting on as I wrote the description down.

Some days God is a challenger asking me to  stretch and grow.  Other days, I just find God challenging.  One day grace comes in that unexpected moment of clarity,  or as a moment when one knows they are surrounded by unexpected love or sheer grace.  

  I’ve always liked the alternative translation of Exodus 3:14, where God’s answer to Moses question, of what God it was  sending him to the Israelites,  is “I will be who I will be.”   The God who  “Will be who God wills to be,” cannot be locked into a box of our limited understanding, but is ready to surprise us in the most unlikely moments.

God Is:



Grace        Graceful       Forgiving        Giving        My-Strength    

  Heartfelt       Challenger        Challenging    


Hidden-But-Present        Awesome       Awe-Inspiring   



Goodness        Mercy        Merciful        Desires-Salvation        

Friend        Leader        Wisdom        Troubling       

Justice-Lover        Source-of-Hope        Promise        Gentle      


Prodder        Lord       Savior        Sensitive      

Gracious        Patient        Holy        Wholly-Other   

  Whisperer         Unexpected-Love        Deliverer      


Relentless-Love        Reassuring-Presence   


  Reconciler        Purpose-Giver       Source-of-Blessing     

  Strengthener        Healer-of-Wounds        Hope-Filler    



Sneaky        Yearner        Persistent-Giver-of-Call      




  Listener        Last-Word        Constant       Present      

Pursuer-of-Truth       Peace-Giver      

Dweller-in-the-heart        Friend-of-Sinners    



  Faithful         Whole        Guardian-of-Souls      

Shepherd        Father        Loves-with-a-Mother’s-love        Parent    


  Pursuer-of-Justice        Spirit       Our-Calm       Trustworthy       


Is their a description that resonates with you?  What would you add?  

Who is God to you?

6 thoughts on “Who is God to You?

    • I like R. Deane Postlethwaite hymn, based on Deuteronomy 32:11-12 “Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over her young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.”

      “The care the eagle gives her young,
      safe in her lofty nest,
      is like the tender love of God
      for us made manifest.”

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