“…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 the Godhead…”
That was Spurgeon, as cited by JI Packer.
Recently a speaker in church urged the congregation to shun the issue of right and wrong, but to choose life instead. I wondered about that. There was a ribbing of the grey matter, of theology. We were asked to opt for life, not the choice between right and wrong.
I thought that was weird. For it is in knowing who God is – knowing what is right and knowing what is wrong about the teaching of God – that we can have life. It is a personal relationship with God and an aknowledgement of His lordhip and sovereignty over us, which gives us life. How can we acknowledge Him and His lordhip if we don’t know basic facts and truths about Him?
Anyway, I’m again grateful I am brought to this spot where I am again given the opportunity to learn and grow in Him.
I was just reading Erickson Millard again and this phrase jumped out at me:
“The idea that God is simply something to be used or to solve our problems and meet our needs is not religion. Such attempts to harness him belong rather to the realm of magic or technology”
I cant help but think of the “name it and claim it” branch of teaching. “Speak healing”, “healing is yours, claim it” and the likes… to me these phrases are a lot like harnessing God to solve our needs or problems. It is as though He is there to be used, so why not use it. It really sounds like magic or technology.
There is something to be said about experiencing God but there is a lot more to be said about knowing our God in all sense, as He should be known.
- Is Jesus son of God or God (wiki.answers.com)
- The Savior (spurgeon.wordpress.com)
- Our Proper Study (injesus.wordpress.com)
- God doesn’t answer you with a Yes or No… He answers your doubt! (everythingaboutgod.wordpress.com)
- Charles Spurgeon Devotional 07-18-2011 (watchmaninforms.com)
- Christ and Him Crucified (via The Cross is All) (revivalandreformation.wordpress.com)