Randy Alcorn's Blog: god

Knowing What God Is Like

By Randy Alcorn | July 1, 2016
If your grumpy neighbor asks, “What are you up to?” you’ll see it as a suspicious, condemning question. But if your cheerful neighbor asks the same thing, you’ll smile and talk about your plans. We interpret people’s words according to how we perceive their character and outlook. So it is with our view of God.

What We Lose When We Yawn at God

By Randy Alcorn | May 30, 2016
God is good. But until we understand the truth that He is not safe, that He is not under our control, until we come to grips with His holy majesty, transcendence, and utter independence, we will never begin to appreciate His fascinating and awe-inspiring character. 

Teach Your Children about the Happy God

By Randy Alcorn | April 4, 2016
It’s not the people who know God who have reason to be miserable—it’s those who don’t. Unfortunately, children who grow up seeing church as a morose, hypercritical place will turn their backs on it in their quest for happiness. Those who have found happiness in the church, and ultimately in Christ, will usually stay or return.

Exploring the Happiness of Jesus

By Randy Alcorn | March 23, 2016
My wife led a women’s Bible study group in discussing a lesson she’d written about the happiness of Jesus. One woman who’d grown up as a churchgoer was startled. She shared how horrified she’d once been to see a picture of Jesus smiling. Why? Because she believed it was blasphemous to make Jesus appear happy!

If God Is Happy, Why Does He Seem Bad-Tempered?

By Randy Alcorn | December 21, 2015
I think the very fact that He’s unhappy with sin is an indicator that sin is what robs people of happiness. So He’s happy with that which is not only in conformity to His holy standards, but also that which is in conformity to His happiness and delight.

The Sovereignty of God: What Does It Mean?

By Randy Alcorn | May 20, 2015
Early this year, our friend Rakel Thurman shared a great message on God’s sovereignty at our church’s Bible study for women. I encourage you to listen to this message from a woman who loves Jesus, has experienced deep suffering, and has learned what it means to rest in God’s sovereignty.

Anticipating the Joy of Seeing God

By Randy Alcorn | May 30, 2014
Ancient theologians spoke of the “Beatific Vision,” which meant “a happy-making sight.” The sight they spoke of was God Himself.

Is God Happy?

By Randy Alcorn, Julia (Stager) Mayo | October 7, 2013
Before creatures ever came into the equation, what was God like? His basic persona and His character, that’s who He is. 

Seeing and Fearing God

By Randy Alcorn | July 10, 2013
John Donne wrote, “As he that fears God, fears nothing else. So he that sees God, sees everything else.”