So it took me a couple of months (mom and wife stuff can keep you pretty busy), but I finally finished a great book called The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink (here’s an online version that’s free to read).
Honestly, this book is just awesome, and most important, it’s all found clearly in Scripture. Pink takes you through a number of the attributes of God, including: the Decrees of God, the Sovereignty of God, the Holiness of God, the Patience of God, and the Wrath of God. All in all, it was really short (like 40-50 pdf pages), but it was a great book if you want to explore your own thoughts about God, your perception of Him versus how He has revealed Himself to us through His Word. I will say that it will challenge you and make you think a lot more on what you’ve always thought about God…and for that reason alone it’s a great book. I definitely encourage you to check it out. It will be an eye-opening experience!
To give you a taste, these are the opening and ending paragraphs of the last chapter of the book:
In the previous chapters we have had in review some of the wondrous and lovely perfections of the Divine character. From this most feeble and faulty contemplation of His attributes, it should be evident to us all that God is, first, an incomprehensible Being, and, lost in wonder at His infinite greatness, we are constrained to adopt the words of Zophar, “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.” (Job 11:7-9). When we turn our thoughts to God’s eternity, His immateriality, His omnipresence, His almightiness, our minds are overwhelmed.
A creature, considered as such, has no rights. He can demand nothing from his Maker; and in whatever manner he may be treated, has no title to complain. Yet, when thinking of the absolute dominion of God over all, we ought never to lose sight of His moral perfections. God is just and good, and ever does that which is right. Nevertheless, He exercises His sovereignty according to His own imperial and righteous pleasure. He assigns each creature his place as seemeth good in His own sight. He orders the varied circumstances of each according to His own counsels. He moulds each vessel according to His own uninfluenced determination. He has mercy on whom He will, and whom He will He hardens. Wherever we are, His eye is upon us. Whoever we are, our life and everything is held at His disposal. To the Christian, He is a tender Father; to the rebellious sinner He will yet be a consuming fire. “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim. 1:17).