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Knowing God

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Charles Spurgeon once wrote: (by the way, he was 20 years old when he wrote this.)

“There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of God. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity…No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.” 

I wonder if this is what Moses was referring to in Deuteronomy 3:24. “O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand.” 

Only begun? 

Moses was near the end of his life when he said this. If anyone had a unique window into the inexhaustible glory of God, it was Moses. 

Here is how Deuteronomy summarizes his life at the end of the book in Deuteronomy 34. And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.”

Moses knew God “face to face.” God performed amazing things through Moses. And yet, here is Moses confessing, “you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand.” 

I hope this encourages you to put time and effort into knowing God. Paul says that this effort of knowing Christ is of surpassing worth compared to everything else.  

Furthermore, the result is not just that we grow in knowledge, but it is a great source of comfort as well. Here is how Spurgeon closes out his comments.

“And while humbling and expanding, this subject is eminently consolatory. Oh, there is, in contemplating Christ, a balm for every wound; in musing on the Father, there is a quiet for every grief; and in the influence of the Holy Spirit, there is a balsam for every wound. Do you want to lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of God.”

May I make a recommendation? I am not exaggerating when I say that I think every Christian should read the book Knowing God by J. I. Packer. In fact, it would be a great summer project. It is one of the top five books I would recommend to anyone. 

There are 99 days from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the “99 Days of Summer” make it a goal to read the book Knowing God