God is many things to many people.
Yet the God Who speaks to His creatures is One Entity with many characteristics.
While it is possible for two people to appreciate two different aspects of God, that does not mean there are two different Gods. Also, two people may have two different and diametrically opposite points of view of one aspect about Him, say, God’s kindness. But both cannot be true.
Man cannot know God’s essence. He is beyond comprehension. God has not told us about His Essence. We can’t discover His Essence by ourselves either. So, we don’t know and there is little benefit in speculating about God’s Essence or Origin. Can our mind deal with the fact that He has no origin?
A case in point, is God Love or Loving? The first is about His Unknowable Essence, and the latter is about His Knowable Characteristic. Also, is God a male since we refer to Him in the male gender? If we reply affirmatively, then we claim to know the Unknowable Essence. Besides, gender differentiation is for procreation purposes. When God can create whatever He pleases, why do we have to make God in our image? Perhaps we use “He” in referring to God because we view Him as Powerful and Authoritative. Again, even though we have known for decades E = MC-square, we are still trying to figure out how energy became matter in the first place. A huge underground particle accelerator, somewhere deep underground in Switzerland, is now devoted toward this and other mysterious ends. Surely, by now, we can sense how little we really know about God when we go at it by ourselves unassisted by Him.
However, God has spoken to man about Himself in ways we are able to relate. God does many things. God has many ways. God has many positions about different things that matter to us. We can only know Him through these various Self-revealed characteristics.
These very same characteristics are also the platinum standard, for God is Absolutely Supreme in all matters. When man aspires to greatness, glory, perfection, knowledge, wealth, power, kindness, generosity, creativity, love, and so on, man has to measure up to the standard in the backdrop.
We sometimes hear that man is made in God’s image. Is it literally so from the physical point of view? Most likely not, because God is uncreated and He is not of the stuff that He has created. However, in terms of what man is able to do, is expected to do, man can only mimic God. And, even in that he is limited.
So, pride, arrogance, haughtiness, know-it-all and did-it-all attitude as well as desperation, humiliation and isolation should be held at bay. Success should not bloat us with pride. Failure should not deflate us of energy and resolve.
We can only try our best, employing our thoughtfulness, sincerity, devotion or focus, meticulousness and energy. Our control over things go only so far. Thus, only when we are able to really size ourselves, we will know how to deal with ourselves.
By knowing God’s characteristics, we are able to know our potential in different endeavors. By acknowledging God’s absolute superiority in all such matters, we can protect ourselves from despair, guilt trips, etc. upon “failure” or under-performance. Similarly, when we are “successful”, we can protect others from our blaring trumpets of vain-glory. Either way, we become better humans.