Summer Savoring: Knowing God

In his book, God Transcendent, J. Gresham Machen makes this statement:  “There is an ultimate mystery before which the knowledge of the wisest men is dumb” (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1949, p.18).  I trust you agree.  In spite of our limitations imposed by the fall, we should, however, remain on a quest to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).  One of the volumes which has greatly assisted me in that endeavor has been J.I. Packer’s Knowing God.  Many of you have been blessed by this book as well.  Over the past several weeks, I have refreshed myself with its contents.  As expected, I have also been greatly encouraged.  If you have never read Knowing God, I challenge you to do so this summer.  You will not regret doing so!

One of the chapters that I particularly enjoy is entitled “The Majesty of God.”  Here are a few quotes for your meditation.

“The Christian’s instincts of trust and worship are stimulated very powerfully by knowledge of the greatness of God. But this is knowledge which Christians today largely lack: and that is one reason why our faith is so feeble and our worship so flabby. We are modern people, and modern people, though they cherish great thoughts of themselves, have as a rule small thoughts of God. When the person in the church, let alone the person on the street, uses the word God, the thought is rarely of divine majesty. A well-known book is called Your God Is Too Small; it is a timely title. We are poles apart from our evangelical forefathers at this point, even when we confess our faith in their words. When you start reading Luther, or Edwards, or Whitefield, though your doctrine may be theirs, you soon find youself wondering whether you have any acquaintance at all with the mighty God whom they knew so intimately” (p.83).

“How may we form a right idea of God’s greatness? The Bible teaches us two steps that we must take. The first is to remove from our thoughts of God limits that would make Him small. The second is to compare Him with powers and forces which we regard as great” (p.85).

“How slow we are to believe in God as God, sovereign, all-seeing and almighty! How little we make of the majesty of our Lord and Savior Christ! The need for us is to ‘wait upon the LORD’ in meditations on His majesty, till we find our strength renewed though the writing of these things upon our hearts” (p.89).

Are you waiting upon the LORD?  In other words, are you carving out time in your busy schedule to renew your mind (Rom. 12:2)?  I call it “personal devotions.”  The designation does not matter; the destination does!  As I seek God’s face (1 Chr. 16:11), I want to see more of His majesty that I might glorify Him all the more and glory in Him with my whole being.

Does that sentiment ring true in your heart as well?  I pray it so.

Have a great (though HOT) weekend!


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