Eternal. Immutable. Omnipresent. Omniscient. Omnipotent. Sovereign. Infinite. These words describe God, says Jen Wilkin, a writer and minister at the Village Church in Denton, Texas. Just as important, they don’t describe us humans. Wilkin explores the meaning of these adjectives in None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) (Crossway). She recently spoke with Australian theologian Michael Bird about the importance of knowing what God is—and what we aren’t.
What inspired you to write about God’s attributes?
One of my favorite books is The Knowledge of the Holy, in which A. W. Tozer explores the attributes of God. It helped me realize that the Bible is first and foremost about who God is—not who I am. Once I began reading the Bible to discover God’s character, I was able to see my own in relation to his.
I wanted to expand on what Tozer and others had done, drawing out the implications of God’s attributes in our everyday lives. I want readers to see how we commit idolatry when we try to take on attributes that are not ours to possess. For example, once we recognize our desire for limitlessness as destructive, we are better able to willingly and joyfully submit to our God-given limits.
We tend to think of ourselves as gods of our own little worlds. How does knowing God’s greatness free us from that trap?
If we consider who the Bible says God is, it’s immediately apparent that rivalry is laughable, not to mention dangerous. The ground may not swallow us, as it did Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10). We might not instantly fall dead, as did Uzzah (2 Sam. 6). But we will certainly map a route to our destruction, and we will harm others in the process. ...1