Christian theology has not regularly talked about God in narrative terms. The creeds, for instance, are structured around the persons of Father, Son and Spirit, and systematic theology has often taken God’s trinitarian nature as its structural principle. Before the revival of trinitarian thinking in the late twentieth century, systematic theology often emphasized the fundamental significance of attributes of God such as omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence and perfection. The Old Testament narrative does incorporate equivalent statements about God’s character, such as God’s self-description in Exodus 34:6–7. But the kinds of statement about God that emerge more directly from the narrative itself are ones such as those I listed above (God began, God started over, God promised, God delivered, God sealed, God gave, God accommodated, God wrestled, God preserved). It is this narrative that nuances for us who the Father is, for example, or what omnipotence is, or what grace is.

John Goldingay, Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel, vol. 1 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 32.

In fact, our creeds — focusing as they do on a description of what God is like — are more platonic than biblical. Let us focus on who God is, how he acts. To do that, we must let the Bible speak for itself and not force the biblical content into a preconceived pattern of what we expect God to be like.