Character can be defined as the distinguishing features, qualities or traits that make up the nature of a person. As individuals, we all possess some desirable and undesirable character traits. While man may shift between constructive and adverse behaviors and thoughts based on our circumstances and feelings, God is not a man (Numbers 23:19) and His character never changes.
God is ordinary. Now, before you label me a heretic, listen to what I am saying. I am not saying God is not great, the LORD is great and is to be highly praised; His greatness is beyond understanding (Psalm 145:3). I am not saying God is not almighty, He is the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come (Revelation 1:8). I am not saying God is not omniscient, the eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3). What I am saying is, what we view as extraordinary, is ordinary to God because it is consistent with His character.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful— for He cannot deny himself.”
– 2 Timothy 2:13 ESV
The air I breathe is a miracle to me but not to the One who created man out of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). The sun rising in the morning is astonishing to me but not to the One who spoke light into the darkness. My existence is a mystery to me but not to the One who knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) because it is who God is.
We attribute many traits to God. He is infinite (Colossians 1:17), immutable (Malachi 3:6), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10) and loving (1 John 4:7-8). Those qualities make God both unpredictable and consistent. While His methods may change, His essence remains the same. We should then judge God’s character not by our situation, circumstances or thoughts, but instead by who He has proven Himself to be – a way maker, miracle worker and promise keeper.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 NIV
God of the Ordinary:
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
– Philippians 2:13
We often miss what God is doing for us and saying to us because we are waiting on a sign or feeling. Every breakthrough will not come in the form of immediate relief or restoration. Likewise, every miracle will not result in the Red Sea parting or manna raining down from Heaven. The most astounding blessings you will receive from God are right in front of you. God often reveals His love, grace and mercy through ordinary people and circumstances. So, take a moment to appreciate the things God has already blessed you with.