Friday, December 21, 2012

Knowledge of God

Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.”
Psalm 147:5

What do you know about God? Or maybe I should ask instead, what has God revealed to you about Himself? In reality, both questions should lead you to answer in the same manner. What we know about about God is those parts of Himself that He allows to the Holy Spirit to reveal to us.

...the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10b – 12

There will never be a point in our lives, or even in the combined lives of every human who has walked on this earth, where the full knowledge of God will be fully and completely revealed to the world. The knowledge of God is beyond the grandest thoughts any human minds could ever imagine or even contain. Today, as we are still continuing on in studying the attributes of God while following the book The Attributes of God, we come upon God's omniscience – His limitless understanding.

In reading the chapter from Tozer this morning, I was most profoundly struck by the things he said about the inability of man to really understand the unlimited knowledge that God possesses. I don't know about you, but in my past I have caught myself many times thinking, “I really have my life figured out. I completely understand who God is because of how He has been working in my life. I am on a good path and I shall not be deterred.” Boy, are those words that will flip your world upside-down faster than you can allow them to spew out of your mouth. God will not be mocked and when He sees within us a haughty spirit that thinks it knows and understands everything about Him, He is certain to give us a lesson we cannot deny both experientially and theologically.

You can know God experientially...[but] the more you know about God theologically the better you can know Him experientially...The purpose of doctrine is to lead you to see and to know God experientially, to know God for Himself, for yourself. But until we know God theologically, we're not likely to know God very well experientially...We must come to God reverently, on our knees...You never see God when you're standing boldly on your feet, in full confidence that you'll amount to something...The rule is, if you can think it, God isn't like that.” AW Tozer

The real truths and knowledge of God are found nowhere else, but on our knees. I find that when my heart is poured out like the drink offerings of old, when my life has little to give, and my soul is pressed by the greatest despair – it is then that God shares with me a speck of knowledge of Him that I did not know before. Never does God share the deep secrets of who He is with those who have elevated hearts and minds, Christian or not. God knows how prideful we can become when we gain knowledge separate from a humiliated heart before His throne. Our wisdom is nothing and must be moved out of the way if we ever want just a portion of God's wisdom to be revealed in our life.

These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For 'who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?' But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:13-16

If today you are seeking the knowledge of God, don't spend your time searching your past experiences to figure out more about God or theologically try to scrape a word or two out of your bible that you can cling onto for your own peace of mind. Instead, get in a quite place, get on your knees, and pour out to God all that you are not and all the ways your life has failed to trust and obey who He has already revealed to You that He is. When you are real before Him, the real you He already knows because He is an omniscient God, He will give you “the mind of Christ” which is filled with greater knowledge than any man could ever conceive.  That is where true knowledge alone can be found.

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